United Kingdom Concerns Regarding HPV Vaccines

Authors: Freda M Birrell andChristina England, Student Journalist writing for the American Chronicle, New Media Journal and Blitz Weekly on adverse reactions to vaccines.

The following points are the serious concerns of the above authors from the United Kingdom (representing Scotland and England) who have researched the Cervarix vaccine in depth. They have noted media concern over many young girls adversely affected by serious illnesses, such as several forms of paralysis including Bells palsy, hemiparesis, hypoaesthesis and Guillaine-Barre Syndrome.Convulsions, seizures and epileptic fits, along with diminished vision have also been cited. The UK Health Minister, Dawn Primaralo and Scottish Health Minister Shona Robison, deny that these illnesses are connected to the vaccine and that they are coincidental in nature.

Please note that many of the adolescent girls in the UK, as well as their counterparts in America who are being vaccinated with the sister HPV vaccine Gardasil, report similar complaints and adverse events after inoculation.How can a causal relationship to the vaccine be denied?

1.Concerns about Cervarix Advert sent out to General Practitioners in September 2008

In September 2008 the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) vaccination programme was implemented in the UK.Within the small print of the Cervarix package leaflet and GP Advert, GSK makes the following points:“There is no data on the use of Cervarix in subjects with impaired immune responsiveness;”“Duration of protection has not been fully established;” and “Timing and need of booster has not been investigated.”

1.1 GSK has admitted that research has not been conducted on impaired immune responsiveness

How can this vaccine be recommended for young girls with a history of serious illness if research has not been carried out in this important area?School nurses will not have access to medical records, or have the experience or knowledge to advise the parents of young girls on this serious issue.Are parents aware of this lack of research in order that they can discuss their children’s history of illness with their doctors?What is implied is that GSK has no idea if a child with a serious health problem will be protected or adversely affected by the vaccine.

1.2 Girls on medication, reaction of vaccination

Is a nurse qualified to know if a child who is on, for example, a steroid inhaler for asthma should be given the vaccination?As far as we know, no research has been carried out to identify any serious cross-reactions with the vaccine and prescribed medication.

1.3Duration of protection not known – booster research has not been carried out as outlined by GSK

Since parents are not informed of this information, they may not be aware that their children may only be protected for a short period of time, and since booster jabs were not being investigated then the actual vaccination may potentially be a waste of resources.This confirms the expertDr Diane Harper’s opinion, in Scotland on Sunday article of 2nd November 2008, that another four years of research should have been carried out before starting on this programme of vaccination. She actually described the scheme as “an experiment.”

Dr Diane Harper considered insufficient research carried out, couldn’t guarantee 100% safety.

2. Age of vaccination in the UK –12 year old adolescent girls are given this vaccination

2.1 Alliance for Human Research Protection

Dr. Harper, a scientist, physician, professor and the director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, said: “It is silly to mandate vaccination of 11- to 12-year-old girls There also is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue.”

“This vaccine has not been tested in little girls for efficacy.”

Harper, who was also a lead researcher in the development of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine,adamantlystates that giving the drug to 11-year-old girls “is a great big public health experiment.”

2.2Dr Harper felt that there was insufficient evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue.She also considers that given the propensity for young girls to still develop their neurological systems, it seems wise to wait until the girls are a bit older (email from Diane Harper of Tuesday, March 17, 2009 refers – can be forwarded if required)

3.Debate between UK Health Minister and Conservative MP, Mr Crispin Blunt, Wednesday 13th May 2009

3.1Rebecca Ramagge referred to is constituent of Mr Blunt. Sunday Express

  • We would like to refer you to Column 992 – 4th paragraph where the Minister makes reference to the 1500 cases out of 1 million – she has made a serious error in her calculation, she states 0.0015% when in actual fact the correct calculation is 0.15% – she is out by a factor of100;
  • Column 992 – 5th paragraph – the same error as in para 4 above occurs yet again – the Minister refers to 0.00017% when this should be 0.017% – again a miscalculation by a factor of 100;
  • Second point in this paragraph and I quote her words “There is good reason to think that the reported symptoms were associated with an underlying condition or illness…”

3.2In Cervical Cancer, 4th paragraph, Dr. Harper makes reference to a young girl named Jenny who died of rapid ALS and said “It could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back in a child who was already predisposed to the condition”, meaning that Jenny could have eventually developed the disease and the HPV vaccine accelerated the onset of ALS.This could also apply to any “underlying” conditions within a child in the UK and could be a time bomb waiting to be set off, as in the case of young Jenny above.It also should be noted that Dr Harper extends her concern in regards to a family history of auto-immune disorders which could be triggered by the HPV vaccine.It is sad that the UK Health Minister who cannot get her calculations correct also appears to accept that the reported symptoms were associated with underlying problems and yet has not said specifically “we should be alerting the medical authorities to this possibility”.

4.Former TV Star Jade Goody used to Encourage Girls to get Vaccinated

4.1Before Jade died the Stockport Express used Jade in an advertising stunt to advertise and promote the Cervarix vaccine in their article called ‘Jade Goody urges Stockport girls to get Cancer Jab’. This was exploitation.

  • Dr Baxter, the consultant in communicable disease control, who was interviewed admitted to not having the facts about Jade’s case;
  • ·Jade had advanced Cervical Cancer and was dying because she had not returned to the clinic, when requested, after a smear test turned out to be positive. Jade was used to advertise a vaccine by the very fact she was dying of Cervical Cancer;
  • Buxton Advertiser in March 2009 had an article entitled ‘Tragic Jade Goody leaves legacy of better cancer awareness’ and Guardian ‘Jade Goody: celebrity’s fatal illness changed cervical cancer attitudes. NB.It was a very sad situation for this young mum but had she returned to the Clinic when first approached, she may have stood a better chance of survival;
  • Cervarix would not have helped Jade in this situation as anyone who already has the HPV virus cannot be fully protected by the vaccine.Regular pap screening and attendance at follow-ups is the key.- as confirmed by Diane Harper, leading expert on the HPV vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil.

5.Is HPV an STD?

It is generally thought that you can only get the HPV virus through sexual intercourse. This is a misconception.Numerous studies have shown that Human Papillomavirus can be contracted in many non-sexual ways, HPV Types 6 and 11 are sexually transmitted and so it has been generally thought that all HPV viruses are caught in this way. It has been fully established in several studies which you will find in www.pubmed.gov when you search for “HPV transmission vertical” which will support the points we are making.


5.1In“Dying of Innocence – Women are dying of cancer because medical research is not being shared, a question asked by Dorothy King, June 2005”, see link above.In this article many serious points are raised:

  • ·HPV vaccines need to be administered before women catch the HPV virus, so we need to know how and when papilloma is acquired;
  • Science has changed and studies have shown that Papilloma can be contracted in many non-sexual ways, but for some reason these studies are being ignored;
  • For example, among 52% of 3-11 year olds in a large study in South London had signs of exposure to HPV 16 infection; a similar 1995 study in China had 30% of newborns testing positive for HPV, as did another study in Colombia which recorded similar levels among primary school children;
  • ·Condoms do not prevent the spread of HPV – the bottom line is Papillomavirus is everywhere;
  • The Wellcome Trust, which gives money only to the most reputable researchers – has funded many studies that have yielded similar results.

Cervical Cancer is the easiest cancer to detect, but women in the UK are still dying from it each year because we are not sharing and publicising research.Many of these women are dying because they did not get a smear test out of embarrassment or ignorance.If we can get the new research across we can make women realise that HPV is normal and encourage them to go for smear tests and, most importantly, highlight to them the dangers of ignoring a request to return to the Clinic for further examination – Jade Goody made that mistake and unfortunately she died.

We would appreciate it if you could give consideration to the many points raised in our paper.We are aware that you are questioning the effectiveness of Cervarix but would appreciate it if you could also look at the whole picture to ensure the complete safety of our children.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.