UBC researchers advocate HPV vaccine scrutiny

A human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may trigger fatal autoimmune or neurological events in some cases, two UBC researchers say. Their findings come as public-health authorities, who maintain that the shots are safe, are urging young women to get vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer.
Neuroscientist Chris Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic, who has a PhD in biochemistry and is a senior postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, say that research on the HPV vaccine Gardasil raises serious concerns and that the risk of adverse reactions is largely downplayed.
“For reasons that are not understood, some people are having terrible reactions to this vaccine,” Shaw says. “Most people who get these vaccines are fine.…But some people may get sick from these vaccines.”

Georgia Straight, Thu Nov 1 2012, By: Gail Johnson, Link to full text