Vaccinations

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 3rd August 2010.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-35200

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-34364 by Shona Robison on 21 June 2010, how many side effects or serious reactions have been reported in girls vaccinated and whether they have occurred in any girls with underlying medical conditions.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

As of 14 July 2010, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has received a total of 327 reports of suspected adverse reactions (ADRs) associated with the use of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine (including Cervarix and brand unspecified reports) from Scotland, covering 1,002 ADRs. 77 of these reports were considered serious by the reporter and only 35 reports contained information on medical history.

The number and nature of suspected ADRs received so far is very much in line with what the MHRA expected to receive at this time and no serious new risks have been identified. Following administration of at least 4 million doses across the UK since September 2008, the balance of risks and benefits of Cervarix remains positive.

Documents which summarise the reports of suspected adverse reactions received by the MHRA in association with HPV vaccine are placed on the MHRA’s website at www.mhra.gov.uk/HPVvaccine.

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