Mother of jab teen calls for vaccine ban

Express & Star

United Kingdom

February 26, 2010

The mother of a Bilston teenager left brain-damaged after falling ill within days of being given Cervarix, the controversial cervical cancer vaccine, has called for the jab to be banned in schools.

Stacey Jones was 17 when she received the injection, which is being offered to all schoolgirls under a Government programme.

The youngster, now 19, suffered her first epileptic seizure within days of having the vaccination at a NHS clinic and has since suffered memory loss.Doctors said the epilepsy was caused by swelling of the brain.But her parents Julie and Kerry Jones, have been given no explanation as to how the damage occurred.

They claim there are unanswered questions about the long-term effectiveness and safety of Cervarix and have refused it for their 17-year-old daughter Elsa.

Mrs Jones, 45, travelled to Westminster this week to discuss the issue with Health Minister Gillian Merron, who insisted the vaccine was safe but promised to look into the concerns raised by the mother-of-two.

Mrs Jones urged the minister to find out if there were any other similar cases to Stacey’s involving girls who may have suffered adverse reactions after receiving the cervical cancer vaccine – and demanded further research be carried out into its safety.

She said: “Before she was a bubbly, lovely girl. Now she is not the same person. She is totally different.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.