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3D story on Gardasil®

Monday, 9 November 2015

What is sadly lacking in this TV3 programme is any genuine acknowledgement of the significant amount of scientific thought and research undertaken internationally.

A significant amount of scientific thought and research addressing concerns about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and/or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has been undertaken internationally, which has demonstrated a lack of evidence that would associate these two syndromes or death with the vaccine.

  • The science that was omitted in the story was that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) carefully studied the published data from the clinical trials, adverse event reports made by the public and patient groups, from health professionals and information from the European Member States.
  • Following review of safety data from up to 63 million girls and women from around the world and clinical trial data from around a million actively studied women (comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated in carefully designed studies), their conclusion was no association between these syndromes and the use of Gardasil.  HPV vaccines: EMA confirms evidence does not support that they cause CRPS or POTS

The 3D story claimed that there was no review of Sarah Curran's death, and so how could Gardasil be eliminated as a probable cause?

  • The Ministry informed the 3D programme that the sudden death of a young woman in December 2013 was investigated by both the Coroner and Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM). This case was also presented to the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) in March 2014.
  • CARM informed the Ministry that a causality assessment was not possible due to insufficient information. MARC noted the case and did not consider that further action was required at that time. In January 2015, the coroner found that the cause of death was unascertained. No recommendations can be made regarding these reports.
  • IMAC believes that the representation that "…the promised review never occurred" is not an accurate interpretation of the reviews and investigations to date.

IMAC has prepared the following responses to TV3's 3D story on Gardasil, please click on the links to read:

 IMAC’s first response to the 3D programme

 IMAC’s second response to the 3D programme

 IMAC fact sheet on Gardasil safety

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Click on the links below to read other responses to the programme:

 Adam Smith’s opinion piece in the Herald 
Mr Smith is a lecturer in statistics at Massey University.

 Ministry of Health article on HPV vaccine safety

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Anti-Gardasil letter sent to schools

Monday, 15 February 2016

The anti-Gardasil vaccination group Gardasil Awareness New Zealand recently distributed a letter to schools.

The letter includes links to additional web material. If you are in contact with any school that has received the letter please advise them NOT TO SEND the letter onto families. 

The following two resources may assist you respond to questions that arise from the content of the letter. Click on the relevant link below to view the:

 Immunisation Advisory Centre Position Statement on the Gardasil Awareness New Zealand Letter to Schools

 Ministry of Health letter to school Principals and Boards of Trustees

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Whooping cough outbreak Hawea/Wanaka

Monday, 10 August 2015

Hawea/Wanaka area is experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough/pertussis with 14 confirmed and two probable cases identified between 27 July and 6 August.

The local public health unit is responding to this outbreak and has provided information on immunisation and public health measures to local schools, midwives, general practitioners and practice nurses in the region.

Providing a timely, free whooping cough booster immunisation to pregnant women between 28-38 weeks of pregnancy and providing on-time immunisation to infants at 6 weeks 3 months, and 5 months of age are the best ways to protect our most vulnerable children from the disease.

For more information read our fact sheets:

 Recommended and funded vaccines during pregnancy, and

 Pertussis (Whooping cough).

 

 

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Gardasil 9 protects against five extra HPV types

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gardasil 9 is a new vaccine that protects against nine human papillomavirus (HPV) types, the same four types in Gardasil plus five additional types with cancer causing potential.

Protection against HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 in Gardasil 9 can prevent 20 percent more cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers than the Gardasil vaccine. Both Gardasil 9 and Gardasil protect against the potential cancer causing HPV types 16 and 18 and against genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Oral and anal cancers in men and women as well as cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers in women have been linked to infection with HPV types 16 and 18.

Gardasil 9 is currently only approved for use in the U.S.

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Facebook claims nothing new

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The latest anti-immunisation Facebook claims about Gardasil being a huge scam are just a rehash of an old 2009 story published as 'news' by a British tabloid.

The story claimed that one of the investigators involved in the clinical trials for Gardasil (Dr Diane Harper) had spoken out against the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil. Harper denied the claims made by the Daily Express, asserting that her criticism was about marketing of the vaccine in the United States not the safety of the vaccine. Not surprisingly, their truthfullness challenged, the tabloid removed the story from their website. Harper went on to complain to the Press Council.

Read the IMAC position statement on Lead Developer of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents and Young Girls It's all A giant Deadly Scam.

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