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HPV 'scare' doesn't change safety and efficacy of vaccine

Lorraine Courtney

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

'Seventy-five women die in agony from cervical cancer here every year and now we have a vaccine to combat this''
'Seventy-five women die in agony from cervical cancer here every year and now we have a vaccine to combat this''

Worrying about vaccine side-effects is, ironically, a side-effect of vaccines' effectiveness. You see we've completely forgotten what it was like to see, for example, a childhood epidemic sweep across the country.

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It turns out you can have too much of a good thing. How else to explain the terrifying complacency that has infiltrated modern attitudes to immunisation? How else to explain the current HPV vaccine 'controversy' that could encourage other parents to forgo widely accepted and life-saving preventative measures, putting their own daughters at risk.

It's like MMR and the Andrew Wakefield scare all over again. A scare that was carefully evaluated, talked about and deliberated upon by every media outlet.

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