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Prevent Cancer or Waking Coma–Take Your Pick

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If your 13 year old daughter used to be able to stay awake for more than one hour a day, talk and walk properly, before being injected with the Cervarix vaccine, but now cannot—would it really seem irrational for you to link the injection with cause of your daughter’s waking coma status? Steve and Pauline Hinks’ certainly don’t think so. These UK parents are completely convinced that their daughter Lucy Hinks is the victim of an extememe side effect to a vaccine they were told would protect their daughter from cervical cancer.

Since the vaccine’s national promotion began in 2008 many cases of girls displaying severe side-effects have been reported. (In the first year alone that number was more than 2,000.)


Almost all cases of cervical cancer start off as an HPV infection.

There are more than 30 types of HPV. The virus is typically transmitted through sexual contact.

80 per cent of women will contract a form of HPV by the time they reach 50, most forms are harmless.

Two of the types, numbers 16 and 18, are responsible for 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases.

These two strains are treatable with HPV vaccines which are 98 per cent effective.

The other types of HPV are not preventable with the injections, which is why women must still have regular smear tests.

Only 5-10 per cent of women infected with the virus face the risk of the disease developing into cervical cancer.”

Of course the manufacturers of Cervarix respond with statements saying  the company takes reports of adverse reactions very seriously, and that UK medicines safety agency regularly reviews all suspected adverse events and had concluded that no new or serious risks have been identified. They would like to stay in business after all. In a round about way though the vaccine has worked…This course of preparative protective treatment is most effective when recipients have yet to be sexually active. And if she’s sleep all day, how she’s going to meet any one…? (but who wants to see that on a warning label?)

To read more about this case of medicine gone wrong click here for the full article.


About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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