Parents should get more information about vaccines given to their children
A Kilsyth mum has called for parents to be given more information before they sign consent forms for their child to receive vaccinations.
Caran Dynan believes her daughter Amy’s health was adversely affected as a result of being given the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
HPV is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. There are more than 100 varieties and can affect the genitals, mouth, or throat.
The HPV vaccine is recommended to be administered between the ages of nine and 13 and is normally done in school.
Caran has been in contact with 76 families throughout Scotland who believe that their daughter’s illness is a direct result of the HPV Vaccine.
She has now produced a 23-page, 7000 words, report on behalf of Scottish Families within the Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters detailing potential side effects.
Amy has been tested for multiple sclerosis and is awaiting the results, tested for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and referred to a dietician after five years of no appetite.
Caran said: “The number of girls suddenly being diagnosed with (or displaying symptoms of) autoimmune disorders cannot just have been natural evolution.
“When I was at school I remember zero girls suddenly falling ill, being unable to attend school, being unable to sit exams or being unable to finish school.
“I left school 20 years ago and I’m in touch with many females I knew growing up and none of them are now wheelchair bound or unable to leave the house, suffering from ailments such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or other autoimmune disorders.
“Why is it now acceptable to have such an epidemic? Where is it coming from and is it just coincidence that it happens to be around the same age they were when they received the HPV Vaccine?”
Caran says parents should be provided with the tools to make an informed choice as to whether to allow their child to be vaccinated.
She said: “The child and their parent/guardian should be able to decide whether they feel the potential benefits of the HPV vaccine outweighs the risk of side effects.
“Unfortunately, this is not the case here in Scotland; the child is given a vaccine guide and a consent form. No more, no less.
“This decision should be made at home as part of a family discussion, with full information, including side effects, given by the school and NHS.
“The majority of families, however, do not know that there is further information to be gleaned, they trust in the information they are given, from what is supposed to be a reliable source.”
NHS Lanarkshire believes that parents are given enough information to make an informed decision about HPV vaccines.
A spokesman said: “A leaflet accompanies a consent form and both are issued to all those eligible for HPV vaccination.
“The HPV leaflet advises that additional information is available from Immunisation Scotland or by calling the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88) which also provides an interpreting service.”