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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29, 2009) : The Health Ministry will conduct an “assessment probe” into the reported death of a teenage British girl who died after receiving cervical cancer vaccination.
However, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said it was unlikely the girl died as a result of the vaccination.
“Our ministry’s clinical trial of cervical cancer vaccinations on different brands yielded a 98% effectiveness rate against cervical cancer,” he added.
He said the vaccination was a more viable option for cervical cancer patients as the cost for treating the disease was expensive compared with vaccine.
The ministry is working towards providing such vaccination to all 13-year-old girls next year.
According to a Reuters report today, the 14-year-old girl received the GlaxoSmithKline Cervarix vaccination on Monday against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).
She received the treatment in her school in Coventry, central England, as part of a national immunisation programme.
She reportedly fell ill after receiving the vaccine and later died in a hospital. However, a link between the death and the vaccine had yet to be determined.
According to a BBC report today, the batch of vaccine used has been quarantined while an urgent and full investigation into the events up to the death of the girl was in progress.