The facts about side effects caused by Cervarix HPV vaccine

Grace Filby made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Sir or Madam,

1. Please provide me with the original source and date of the NHS published statement about Cervarix side effects: "Other mild side effects such as slightly raised temperature, sickness, diarrhoea and muscle aches were reported in less than one in 1000 people."

Beating cervical cancer - the facts. Page 13.
http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/publicati...

2. Please inform me of any DH publications and provide correspondence that contains the much higher figures about undesirable effects, as published by the manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline in the electronic Medicines Compendium at http://emc.medicines.org.uk/emc/assets/c....

Examples of these are stated as:
headache (very common),
myalgia (very common),
injections site reactions (very common),
fatigue (very common),
nausea (common),
vomiting (common),
abdominal pain (common),
pruritis (common),
rash (common),
urticaria (common),
arthralgia (common),
fever over 38 degrees C (common).

3. Please provide me with the number of incidents of anaphylaxis resulting from vaccinations in the UK during the last 5 years.

4. Please provide me with the number of deaths resulting from vaccinations in the UK during the last 5 years.

Yours faithfully,

Grace Filby,
Churchill Fellow,
Reigate, Surrey.
www.relax-well.co.uk
www.amazingphage.info

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Having looked up the FOI question about MMR vaccinations, this is the gist of the reply from the DWP:

"There have been 5485 claims made since the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme commenced and 927 have resulted in an award. There have been 1303 claims received since 01/01/2000, 24 of which have been successful."

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Dear David,

Ref:DE00000354283

I am pleased to read that Department of Health officials are grateful that I have pointed out the error.

It certainly was a serious error and clearly a blatant understatement of the facts, therefore very misleading to thousands of people who look to the Department to provide them with accurate and up to date information.

I hope the officials are going to provide them with an apology.

I did ask for the original source and date of that statement so I would be grateful if you could supply that extra piece of information that I had stated first in my FOI request. A mention of a drafted comment is rather too vague when it resulted in a scientific claim.

I note the amendment although it doesn't give any figures now, and also distracts the reader from the fact that Cervarix does contain aluminium - which is not rigorously tested for long term safety and is implicated in the development of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases that develop in later life.

Thank you for your help and I look forward to the extra bit of information as originally requested.

Regards

Grace Filby
http://www.relax-well.co.uk
http://www.amazingphage.info

Yours sincerely,

Grace Filby

Department of Health and Social Care

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27 October 2008
DE358681
Dear Ms Filby,

Thank you for your further email of 15 October regarding the human
papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) factsheet.
As mentioned in the Department's previous response (DE354283), the summary
of product characteristics (SPCs) for Cervarix and Gardasil were used to
inform the text of the factsheet.
The SPCs can be found at: [1]http://emc.medicines.org.uk/.
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