HPV vaccine rates have fallen to 1% in Japan after widely publicized injuries from Gardasil. Merck and the CDC are still pushing the Gardasil HPV vaccine for girls and boys in the US. Americans need to wake up (like the Japanese have) and reject this harmful Gardasil vaccine that is being pushed like Vioxx by unscrupulous vaccine promoters who refuse to take responsibility for the adverse reactions that are listed on the package insert.
Controversy over human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in Japan has led to much confusion among healthcare professionals and parents, with the result that vaccination rates have plummeted, from around 70% to only 1%.
The situation in Japan is summarized by Ryo Konno, MD, of Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Japan, speaking in a Lancet Oncology podcast that accompanied an article reviewing breast and cervical cancer screening.
Dr Konno explains that the Japanese government withdrew its recommendation for the HPV vaccine in 2013, after highly publicized cases of alleged adverse events in girls who had been vaccinated …
On July 27, a class action lawsuit will be filed against the Japanese government, which launched the national vaccination program, and the two manufacturers of the HPV vaccine in four district courts. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of girls and women who say that they have suffered severe side effects as a result of receiving the vaccine.
When the lawsuit was first announced, there were 12 plaintiffs, aged 10 to 20 years, but according to the Japan Times, that number has since mushroomed to 64. Of this group, 28 will lodge their suit with the Tokyo District Court, six with the Nagoya District Court, 16 with the Osaka District Court, and 14 with the Fukuoka District Court.
They plan to demand ¥15 million ($140,682) in damages for each plaintiff, for a total of ¥960 million ($9 million), and may increase the amount in the future, depending on their symptoms.
The lawyers claim that the government’s approval of the vaccine was illegal. They claim that the vaccine has caused nerve disorders and other problems due to the excessive immune reactions associated with its use. In addition, they say that the manufacturers bear product liability.
As quoted in the Japan Times, lawyer Masumi Minaguchi stated, “We aim to clarify the responsibilities of the government and the drugmakers through the lawsuits so that the victims can live without anxiety.”