Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in medical stores across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.

The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.

Health ministry sources said the vaccination programme is being conducted by Gardasil, jointly with PATH, a Seattle-based NGO, ICMR and the two state governments. About 32,000 girls, aged 10-14, were to be tested in the study.

ICMR chief Dr VM Katoch clarified ICMR was only a technical partner, with an advisory role, in the project. But Katoch said they were checking out who was at fault.

Questioning the study, CPM leader Brinda Karat said: “How has the government embarked on the study of giving three injections to the girls when it is also planning a massive multi-centric dose determination study to see if two doses will suffice?”

For a drug to be administered to children, Karat said, it has to go through stages of clinical trial, including phase 3 adult clinical trials. With Gardasil, only one trial has been carried out with a small sample of 110 girls, which has followed up with them for a month after completion of vaccination and that too only to look at the immune response post-vaccination, Karat said. The vaccine has also been approved for adult women aged 27, Karat said, without any trials on them.

Karat also alleged scientific logic and ethical guidelines have been violated at each step during drug and vaccine trials.

12 Responses to Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

  1. Martina G. on July 5, 2010 at 2:18 am

    My heart-felt thoughts go to all the young women and their families affected by this dreadful vaccine.

    The pharma-cartel have known for decades that injecting known cancer-causing chemicals directly into the bloodstream, can do only one thing : damage.

    Don’t let them damage any more women.

    If we adopt the ‘catch’ an illness view, most women “catch” hpv from…..you guessed it….MEN. So why is there no vaccine for men to stop them spreading it to women ? Because men will not tamper with men’s bodies easily. Women’s bodies, on the other hand, are far more profitable.

    Here’s to educating young and older women re: their menstrual health & well-being. Here’s to respect for the intelligence & wisdom of our bodies and cycles. Check out the following sites and books by wonderful women like : Diane Stein, Alexandra Pope, Shushann Movsessian. These are some of the women we need to protect our health. We will NOT get protection via a pharmaceutical conglomerate.

  2. Portia Duckworth on August 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Hello, i appreciate this website. i try to talk to some of my acquaintance about it but they do not believe the ramifcations of it.

  3. Tanya on September 3, 2010 at 1:50 am

    On the TV Slice Network, primarily watched by women, they constantly peddle Gardasil commercials. Please go to their site at slice.ca, go to the contact link and express how appalled you
    are that they endorse something that has devastated so many lives.

  4. A Noni Mouse, Sydney Australia on September 14, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I was one of the interviewers involved at the market research company that carried out the survey to test the acceptability of the idea of this vaccine to mothers of teenage girls. This was in the final stages of the vaccine’s development here and we were sworn to confidentiality and by rights I shouldn’t be disclosing this hence my anonymity. I was appalled at the way the questions were framed. We had to first “prime” the mothers by “educating” them that the human papilloma virus caused cervical cancer and the way it was spread. Then we had to introduce the idea of the wonderful discovery of the vaccine, all carefully worded to convince. We then had to ask them on a scale of 1 – 5 how likely they would be to consider the vaccine for their daughter if it was shown to be effective (these are people with daughters from about age 11 up please understand) Then having obtained those answers, we had to go on to ask them “and if your DOCTOR was to RECOMMEND this vaccine, how likely would you be on a scale of 1 – 5 etc etc. and almost all the women I interviewed, their likelihood increased if their Dr recommended it. Only two women were not sheep-like in their responses (apologies to all women but I was really aghast at the gullibility of the women I was interviewing). These two exceptions were quite cynical and one was particularly more so once the Doctor question was posed and was quite blunt with her viewpoint and I gave a silent cheer that someone at least could see through this ploy. So of course the vaccine makers were already thinking of using doctors to peddle this killer potion. And to think they used to burn witches! (And now they have Codex Alimentarius to metaphorically do the same but that’s a whole separate discussion). My best wishes to all the young ladies that have succumbed to this disgraceful, harmful sales campaign and especially those that are suffering. Please be careful, you are our future. Thanks. “Noni”

  5. Marian on September 14, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I would love to speak with you further. You wouldn’t even have to share your name, or if you did I would not share it with anyone. You can find me on facebook or email me at moderator@truthaboutgardasil.org Thank you again!!

  6. Denise Mello on September 16, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Noni,
    Thanks for posting this info. As a mother who won’t immunize, the reactions that I get are unbelievable.

    When you explain to people what you know about these immunizations they yes you to death but then they feel that it won’t happen tho their child.

    I do have a Dr. that supportd my decission but most of the people in the medical field don’t. They try to make you feel like a bad parent for not getting the shots.

    It is so sad that money is more important that our health.

    My heart goes out to the girls and their families.

  7. Jen on November 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    My heart breaks as I read the stories of these girls and young women whose lives have been forever changed by this vaccine. My Father used to be a drug sales man. He had no training other than by the company for whom he sold drugs. He entered doctors offices and ‘educated’ them about the drugs they woud purchase and use. Certainly some of the drugs were lifesavers. The funny thing though, my Father was a C student from a small college and majored in Marketing. He had no formal education in health or medicine. You’d think doctors would know more about medicine that a C student with a marketing/business dagree. This is a problem.

    My child has not been vaccinated and never will be. I encourage all that I know to dig deeply and read all they can about the real story behind vaccinations. I must say I enjoy when parents tell me my chld is a threat to the health of their and all children. I simply reply, ‘if you believe the vaccines that your child received really work, then my child should not be an issue.’

  8. Kwame on September 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I always believed that vaccine had an agenda behind it. My girlfriend refuses to be vaccinated for HPV, and after reading this I am much relieved.

  9. Sonja Haught on September 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I was pressured by the Nurse Practitioner at my family Dr.’s office to get the Gardasil vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine when I took my 2 high school age children in for a sports physical. I was given the pro vaccine speech. I replied that I felt these vaccines were too new and that not enough information was available for me to make an informed decision so I declined the vaccines. She became very irate and told the assistant to “document that the mother refuses to vaccinate her children.” She also would not give my son clearance to play football without an ekg, even though all else was normal and an ekg was not required. The office ended up giving me the ekg for free because legally what she did as wrong. She continued to pressure me about the vaccines, and told me that I was not educated and that I was endagering my children because of my refusal to vaccinate my children with these new and in my opinion questionable vaccines. Thank goodness I am not easily intimidated. I filed a complaint against her for the pressure to vaccinate after I refused. I did not vaccinate my children for these two illnesses. I try to educate my children and H1N1 is something they are not likely to catch, the vaccine seems worse than the flu they might get!

  10. Rebecca on May 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

    One of the girls died due to drowning, two to poisoning and one to a fever, well after the vaccine was given. 70,000 women die of cervical cancer in India each year.

  11. Dave N on June 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I posted my own positive experiences with this vaccine as a primary care physician. I notice that my comment was removed. Looks like the site allows only negative comments and not the ones in favor. I will not be surprised if this one is deleted too!

  12. Marian on March 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Actually, the government officials changed their official story and there was an investigation, as well as the vaccine being pulled from the market. Every one of these stories were suspicious.

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