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Japanese teens charge they got cervical cancer from HPV vaccinations



Japanese teens who say they developed cervical cancer after being vaccinated against the virus have called on the government to end subsidies of the injections.

Eight teenagers, four of them in wheelchairs, presented their demands in a petition to Health Minister Norihisa Tamura, Kyodo News reported Saturday.

Japan's parliament revised a law in April that allows girls 14 to 18 to receive the vaccine that prevents the human papilloma virus that causes cervical cancer. The vaccine is sold under the brand names Cervarix and Gardasil.

An advisory panel to the health ministry has concluded reports of convulsions, headaches and even partial paralysis were caused by the drugs and says the government should stop recommending the vaccinations.

In June, the health ministry told local governments that girls 12 to 16 should no longer get the vaccinations.

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