Sunday October 4,2009
Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Express, Dr Diane Harper, who was involved in the clinical trials of the controversial drug Cervarix, said the jab was being “over-marketed” and parents should be properly warned about the potential side effects.
Her comments follow the death of 14-year-old Natalie Morton, who collapsed an hour after receiving the jab at school last week.
It is highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticise a vaccine which they helped get approved.
However, Dr Harper, who has written many of the published medical papers about the jab, is so concerned she decided to speak out.
Dr Harper, of the University of Missouri-Kansas, said she believed the risks – “small but real” – could be worse than the risk of developing cancer itself.