HPV vaccine not dangerous, says Andhra health minister

Hyderabad, March 18: Allaying fears over the human pappiloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Andhra Pradesh government today said that the vaccine being administered for prevention of cervical cancer in Khammam district was safe.

The death of three girls reported in the district were coincidental and not associated with the HPV vaccine, state Health Minister D Nagender told mediapersons here.

“There were reports that the deaths of these girls were related to the vaccine. It is not true. The deaths are not related to the vaccine,” he said. He also circulated a report from the Khammam District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) which shows that the deaths were due to other reasons.

The vaccine, manufactured in Australia, had the approval of concerned authorities in the US and the Drug Controller General of India, Nagender said.