Natasha Bita | August 21, 2009
THE Australian scientist who created the world’s first vaccine for cervical cancer, Ian Frazer, warned against “scaremongering” yesterday after American researchers reported 772 cases of severe side-effects.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the side-effects from 23 million doses of Gardasil vaccine in the US were in line with other vaccines — apart from a higher proportion of cases of fainting and blood clots.
But Professor Frazer, the president of the Cancer Council, insisted the vaccine he invented was “as safe as any other”.
“The side-effects are entirely predictable,” the University of Queensland immunologist said.
“Particularly when you put a group of girls of that age together and vaccinate them, fainting will occur. (The incidence of) blood clots is difficult to work out because a number of the women were also on the contraceptive pill.”
Australia last year began vaccinating all girls in their first year of high school, and until recently offered free vaccines to women younger than 26.
Comment from Leslie
Backlash is already beginning 2 days after JAMA report on Gardasil concerns. According to Ian Frazer – the side effects are “predictable” – any of you mother’s told that before your daughter’s were vaccinated? And fainting expected in this group of girls? This man obviously lives in the dark ages – and probably is financially set while the rest of us pay the pauper.