By EMMA BAILEY
January 14, 2010
A Timaru mother wants the HPV vaccine programme stopped as she believes it led to the death of a Lower Hutt teenager.
Jasmine Renata died last September. Her mother believes it was caused
by the vaccine Gardasil which is used to immunise girls against strains
of the human papillomavirus which is linked to cervical cancer.
Mrs Renata is still waiting for an autopsy to determine if the vaccine was linked her daughter’s death.
Timaru mother Julie Smith was so concerned about what she discovered
when researching the vaccine last year to decide if her 10-year-old
daughter should have the vaccine, she set up her own website,
offtheradar.co.nz, and opted not to immunise. However the Ministry of
Health is standing by the vaccine.
“I have been inundated with mothers and girls concerned about the vaccine,” Mrs Smith said.
“In New Zealand it is thought three girls have died since receiving
Gardasil, and they were healthy prior to being immunised.
“The Ministry of Health is reporting the vaccine is safe but they are using the drug companies’ trial data.
“I am just a mum who started looking into it. I have had my children vaccinated up until now.
“I think people need to be given the full facts.”