Wait for report on vaccinated teen’ death

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By HELEN MURDOCH – The Press
02/04/2010

Health officials are waiting for the coroner’s report into the death of a teenager who received the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil.

They say no teenage deaths have been linked to the drug.

Jasmine Renata, 18, died in her sleep at her family’s Upper Hutt home last September, six months after completing the three-dose vaccination programme.

Rhonda Renata said her daughter’s health started to deteriorate after her first Gardasil injection in September 2008.

About 88,500 females have received the vaccine since the programme started in 2008, including 11,212 in Canterbury.

It will be offered to 90,000 young women this year.

Immunisation Advisory Centre head Nikki Turner, of Auckland University, said no international research linked Gardasil to teenage deaths.

There was a potential risk of allergic reaction.

“We can never be 100 per cent safe, but on this we have the best safety data available.”

The safety sheet on Gardasil advises that women who do suffer allergic reactions should not receive another dose.

The Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring is watching Gardasil, which has allegedly caused adverse reactions in 236 New Zealand women.

Thirty of the reactions have been defined as serious.

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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.