Local OB/GYN Says Vax Probably Didn’t Kill UK Teen
By Jac Perry
|Written by Jac Perry, Guam News Factor Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 07 October 2009 13:47|
GUAM – Responding to news that a 14-year-old girl died “shortly after receiving a cervical cancer vaccine”, a Guam obstetrician/gynecologist who is a strong proponent of such vaccines says the island’s young women needn’t be alarmed.
According to a September 29 report from the United Kingdom’s Health Service Journal, the death is being investigated.
The cervical cancer vaccine given to the 14-year old is called “Cervarix” and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Dr. Thomas Shieh, Guam obstetrician and gynecologist, has been a strong proponent of Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
“I do not know the real details of what transpired, however, the vaccine (the 14-year old) received probably is not the cause of her death, unless it was a severe allergic reaction of some kind,” Shieh said.
“Furthermore, she was given “Cervarix,” and we do not carry that one. The (vaccination) we carry and many of the United States clinics (carry is) Gardasil, which is different,” he continued.