December 11, 2009
In New Zealand, more than 170,000 doses of the controversial HPV vaccine, Gardasil, have been administered, said the New Zealand Herald. The doses were administered from January through August of this year and, to date, 173 alleged adverse reactions have been reported.
Now, says the New Zealand Herald, a probe is in progress to determine if there is a link between a girl’s death and the vaccine. According to Health Minister Tony Ryall’s office, it has confirmed that the Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring (CARM) located at Otago University in New Zealand, was asked to see if there is a connection, said the New Zealand Herald.
The death is still being handled by the coroner’s office and is believed to have taken place in the past “couple of months,” said the New Zealand Herald. The girl apparently died within six months of receiving a Gardasil injection; however, it remains unclear if she received the full three-injection course of the drug, which generally takes about six weeks to complete, noted the Herald.