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Cervarix Vaccine

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to investigate recent reports of partial paralysis and severe chronic fatigue syndrome experienced by a number of girls shortly after receiving the Cervarix vaccine. (274112)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) considers the safety of vaccines to be of paramount importance and has in place a proactive strategy to monitor the safety of Cervarix vaccine as girls are immunised in the United Kingdom.

To date almost one million doses of Cervarix have been given in the UK and there is no evidence to suggest that Cervarix vaccine has caused chronic fatigue syndrome, paralytic disorders or any other serious or long-term side effects.