Vaccination is a very touchy subject around the world. Governments are great proponents of vaccines because they prevent disease in the vast majority of cases. For those few people who suffer serious side effects from the vaccines themselves it is no laughing matter. In the cervical cancer situation with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine there have been a number of serious side effects being presented by a minority of people who have received the vaccine. In Japan some of these people are suing the central government and the makers of the HPV vaccines.
In this instance the makers of the HPV vaccines are GlaxoSmithKlein PLC and Merck Sharp and Dohme. Cervarix and Gardsil are the names of the vaccines respectively. According to Japanese Health Ministry figures, 2022 people suffered side effects out of 2.59 million who received injections of Cervarix, and 453 experienced side effects from some 790 000 people who received Gardasill. Some of the side effects included ongoing physical numbness in various parts of the body, occasional loss of vision and severe headaches. Those involved in the law suit are asking why there were no warnings of possible side effects given by the government and the makers of the vaccines.
Cervical Cancer Screening: Getting The HPV Vaccination Message Accepted
Vaccination policy and cervical cancer screening are examples of statistical medicine, where the greater good is seen to outweigh the rights of the individual. Anti-vaccination activists point to evidence showing the ineffectiveness of many vaccines to achieve what they claim to achieve. HPV vaccination is not a perfect solution to cervical cancer, in fact, a number of medical scientists have denigrated its effectiveness. Critics of the roll-out of the HPV vaccine around the world have pointed to the blanket marketing, over-hyping and failure to declare the occurrence of serious side effects for some individuals.
In Australia, immunisation occurs to prevent Hepatitis B. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Haemophilus Influenza, Pneumococcal Conjugate, Rotavirus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Meningococcal C, and more recently HPV for those between the ages of ten and fifteen years. The media slams any one or group that criticises immunisation and vaccination. The Australian Government has now brought in policies which discourage any parental decision not to vaccinate by cutting these people off from any welfare payments. Immunisation is no longer a free choice in Australia, rather it is socially and legally prescribed through public and economic coercion. Once a vaccination gets on the immunisation program it is very difficult for it ever to be removed, no matter what the likelihood of catching the disease is in reality.