Ministry stops recommending cervical cancer vaccination due to side effects
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to temporarily stop calling for girls aged 12-16 to receive a new cervical cancer prevention vaccine after reports of cramps and convulsions in early recipients.
According to the health ministry, out of 1,968 girls who reported suffering from such side effects, around 38 reported suffering from aches and pains spreading across their entire bodies after receiving the vaccine, TBS reported Saturday. Doctors say that eight are still suffering from the side effects of the drug.
Until the cause of the pain is understood, the ministry says it has temporarily ceased actively recommending that girls receive the vaccine, which was introduced this April.