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Dutch public health experts refute claims that human papillomavirus vaccination has health risks

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1109
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    Public health experts in the Netherlands have moved to refute “demonstrably incorrect” claims made against the new national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme that threaten to reduce uptake of the vaccine.

    The Dutch Institute of Public Health and the Environment, which is responsible for the programme, fears that girls are being deterred by “irresponsible” and “unfounded statements” made through websites, chain letters, and fly posting at vaccination centres, such as that the vaccine itself can cause cancer or infertility.

    Vaccination began on 2 March, when the first 70 000 of a total of 380 000 13 to …

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