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Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed – the Australian experience

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Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

The Australian experience

Australia has its own special but scandalous place in the history of HPV vaccines now distributed to teenagers in over 130 countries. Australia might be regarded as the birthplace of Gardasil for it was Professor Ian Frazer and the late Jian Zhou who first produced an HPV virus-like particle at the University of Queensland. Australia was also one of the first countries to offer Gardasil to girls in 2007 even though cervical cancer is rare with 1.7 deaths per 100,000 Australian women. Continue reading

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Japan has cautioned on Gardasil – shame about Australia

Picture 12 On June 14, the Japanese Health Ministry issued a nationwide notice that the  so-called ‘cervical cancer’ vaccinations should not be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16. This precautionary move followed reports of 1,968 cases of possible adverse effects including body pain, numbness and paralysis. Continue reading

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Students deserve to know about Elizabeth Fry

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US historian Deborah Swiss believes that Elizabeth Fry is an unlikely yet important hero in the history behind Australia Day. This is because Fry, the Quaker reformer along with her army of volunteers helped nearly 12,000 of the 25,000 convict women who were transported to Australia beginning in 1788 with the arrival of the First Fleet. Continue reading

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