July 15, 2024

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Serious side Effects After HPV Vaccination: Plaintiffs Seek US$2.6 Million Compensation

Serious side Effects After HPV Vaccination: Plaintiffs Seek US$2.6 Million Compensation

Serious side Effects After HPV Vaccination: Plaintiffs Seek US$2.6 Million Compensation

In a collective lawsuit held at the Fukuoka District Court in Japan on Jan 22nd, 26 women aged 22 to 29 from Kyushu, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa filed for a total compensation of 390 million yen ( about 2.6 million US dollar) against the government and two pharmaceutical companies, claiming health damages resulting from the vaccination with the government-approved cervical cancer vaccine.

Among the plaintiffs, Ms. Miyu Umemoto (25) from Kitakyushu City participated in the personal inquiry, stating, “I want the defendants to acknowledge responsibility and develop treatment methods for the symptoms that occurred after vaccination.”

This lawsuit, concurrently taking place in Fukuoka and other courts in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, marks the first instance of personal inquiries in the four district courts.

According to Ms. Umemoto’s testimony, she received the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer three times during junior high and high school. Following vaccination, she experienced symptoms such as fatigue and intense pain throughout her body. She recalled, “Since the second year of high school, my entire body felt as heavy as lead, and despite waking up in the morning, my body wouldn’t move. If I took a bath, I would have nosebleeds almost every day.”

Ms. Umemoto mentioned that her deteriorating health forced her to abandon her dream of becoming a nursery teacher. She said, “While friends have become socially independent and some are married, I struggle with daily symptoms, and living is just about bearable. I feel like I’m in a detached world,” pleading, “Being told to live another 10 or 20 years in this condition is more cruel than being told to die. I want my life back. My only wish is to return to a healthy body and live a normal life.”

In response to the lawsuit, the pharmaceutical companies argued, “There is no confirmed research demonstrating the connection between the symptoms claimed by the plaintiffs and the vaccine.” The government also contends, “The approval for manufacturing and selling was granted after appropriate examination and deliberation on effectiveness and safety.”

Concerns about side effects have led to a suspension of the “active recommendation” for vaccination in 2013, with the government resuming the recommendation in 2022 after considering effectiveness and safety.

Serious side Effects After HPV Vaccination: Plaintiffs Seek US$2.6 Million Compensation

Why do HPV vaccines bring serious side effects?

The vast majority of people who receive HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccines experience no serious side effects.

HPV vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing HPV infections, which can lead to cervical and other cancers.

However, like any medical intervention, vaccines can have side effects, and in rare cases, some individuals may experience adverse reactions.

It’s important to note that serious side effects from HPV vaccines are extremely rare.  The benefits of HPV vaccination in preventing cancer far outweigh the risks of potential side effects. The most common side effects are mild and include pain or swelling at the injection site, fever, and dizziness.

Reports of serious side effects are often investigated thoroughly to determine their cause and whether they are directly related to the vaccine. In many cases, the reported side effects are not causally linked to the vaccine, and the overall safety profile of HPV vaccines remains strong.

It’s also worth mentioning that some concerns and controversies regarding HPV vaccines have circulated in the media and online communities. These concerns are often based on misinformation and unfounded claims. Scientific studies and regulatory agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continue to support the safety and effectiveness of HPV vaccines based on extensive research and monitoring.

As with any vaccination decision, individuals should consult with healthcare professionals who can provide accurate information and address any concerns specific to an individual’s health history. Overall, the benefits of HPV vaccination in preventing HPV-related cancers are well-established and have contributed to public health efforts to reduce the incidence of these cancers worldwide.

Serious side Effects After HPV Vaccination: Plaintiffs Seek US$2.6 Million Compensation



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