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Campaign group the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANHI), has reported girls who have opted out of taking the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination are being ‘intimidated and pressured’ from nurses and school staff. Incidents of tensions between officials and parents is placing ‘unwarranted stress’ on pupils and their families. According to the ANHI, ‘girls are being unfairly questioned about their reasons for not consenting to the vaccine with a view to getting children to change their minds and going against the will of their parent(s) or guardian’.

In response to these reports, the ANHI has shared a letter with parents and guardians who are refusing the HPV jab for their daughters. The letter was written by the UK Association of Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID) and a link was posted on the ANHI website.

They have also uploaded the following post on their website “With the summer holidays nearing their end in both England and Wales (Scotland’s already started back) and with the new school year almost upon us, it may be off many parents’ radar that the next push for HPV vaccination for their teenage daughters is just over the horizon”.

“We’ve been receiving reports of intimidation and undue pressure from nurses and school staff that places unwarranted stress on schoolgirls who have opted out of HPV vaccination”.

Paralysis, chronic fatigue syndrome The vaccine protects against HPV which causes cervical cancer. Under a NHS scheme introduced in 2008, all girls aged 12-15 years of age are offered the vaccine for protection against the cancer.

The latest controversy comes after reports of girls suffering from side effects of the jab, including paralysis and chronic fatigue syndrome. Last year 16-year-old Ruby Shallom was hospitalised and put on a drip after suffering from paralysis in three limbs after receiving the HPV vaccine, her parents claimed. Back in 2014, Ruby was vaccinated as part of the routine NHS programme. Weeks later Ruby, a keen horse rider and runner started to suffer from stomach spasms, dizziness, pain, headaches and fatigue. The fatigue increased and her muscles continued to grow weak and in May 2016, two years after receiving the jab, she woke up with no feelings in her legs whatsoever. Her condition deteriorated to the point of sensation loss in both her legs and one of her arms, unable to eat or lift or dress herself, incontinence. Often too weak to even lift her head, Ruby is now virtually bed bound. However, despite all the symptoms, doctors have dismissed any links to the HPV jab, declaring them as psychological.

In May of this year, parents of 13-year-old Zara Beattie claim their daughter became wheelchair bound and feeling like an “80-yearold” following the vaccination. Zara, once a keen football and netball player, began struggling for breath during a PE lesson in January last year, shortly after she was given the jab. The family initially suspected asthma, however her health continued to deteriorate in the ensuing weeks, as Zara suffered with palpitations, dizziness, weakness and tiredness. Doctors diagnosed Zara’s condition as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS). Zara continues to suffer from weakness, feeling faint every time she stands up, is wheel-chair bound and home schooled.

The numbers According the to the EMA, as of February 2017, 11,867 reactions have been reported for Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. Reports have also indicated most reactions are symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, and rare cases of paralysis. Some fatalities have also been reported.

Evidence Authorities around the world are dismissing any links of chronic illness to be associated with the HPV vaccine. The World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the EMA have ‘extensively reviewed the vaccine’s safety’ and have concluded that ‘no credible evidence of a link between the HPV vaccine and a range of chronic illnesses’.

Public Health England and the MHRA renewed their position earlier this year ‘As with all vaccines, the safety of the HPV vaccine is under constant review. Every report of a suspected side effect is taken seriously’.

In addition, research was carried out on more than 176,000 Norwegian girls which demonstrated there was no increased risk in those who are given the HPV vaccine. The research team from the Norwegian Institute for Public Health discovered unvaccinated girls faced the same risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome as vaccinated girls. The research showed “This is a major study where we have investigated the association between HPV vaccination and chronic fatigue syndrome. The incidence of this disease has increased in Norway but we found no association with HPV vaccination”, according to study author Berit Feiring.