Japanese Government withdraws support for HPV vaccines

We have been concerned about cancer vaccines for quite some time. Faced with an inability to develop cancer ‘cures’ over the last 50 years, Pharmaceutical companies have moved their strategy to providing ‘Cancer Management drugs’ and ‘vaccines’ to prevent cancer maybe 3 to 50 years in the future. In marketing speak it is called ‘Maximising the life-time take’.

When it comes to the HPV vaccine, early promises of a one-off vaccination for girls soon turned into a shot every five years; and (despite there being no clinical evidence of efficacy) why not make boys have the shot too? So much for science-based medicine.

But the side-effects of HPV vaccinations also left some serious questions to be answered too. Now the Japanese Government has asked similar questions. Whilst it is not about to ban the use of the two main vaccines – Gardasil from Merck and Cervarix from GlaxoSmithKline -  the government of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has expressed serious concerns about the side-effects and has withdrawn support for them.

Of an estimated 3.28 million Japanese people vaccinated with an HPV vaccine to date 1,968 cases of adverse reactions have been formally presented to the Japanese Health Authorities. Obviously this number doesn’t include lesser side-effects. The formal complaints list includes ‘long-term pain and numbness, infertility and paralysis.’

In the wake of these complaints, the Japanese government has decided to withdraw its support for the vaccinations. You can still ask to have them.

July - Oct 2013 Cancer Watch
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