220 girls suffer 'dire HPV jab side-effects'
Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30
Another 91 teenage girls claiming to be suffering from acute physical side-effects to a government-approved anti-cervical cancer vaccine have come forward over the last month, a parents' support group says.
The group, Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma (Regret), now says a total of 220 girls, mostly aged 11-17 years, have become seriously ill since receiving the Gardasil vaccine administered in schools all over the country.
The girls claim to be suffering from chronic fatigue, seizures, constant pain, extreme anxiety, numbness and other side effects.
The vaccine is intended to protect against diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), including pre-cancerous lesions of the female genitals and anus, genital warts, and cervical and anal cancers. Cervical cancer kills up to 100 women each year in Ireland.
Although global studies strongly support the vaccine, Regret says some teachers are now raising concerns, too.