From: Eileen Dannemann <email@example.com>
Date: June 15, 2013 9:51:34 AM PDT (CA)
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: (Japan) June 2013 Health Minister Withdraws Cervical Vaccine Recommendation
(Japan) June 2013 Health Minister Withdraws Cervical Vaccine Recommendation
The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side effects, including long-term pain and numbness.
It is rare for the ministry to withdraw a recommendation for a vaccine that is used regularly by local governments and is spelled out in a law. Girls can still receive the vaccination for free, although medical institutions must now inform them beforehand that the ministry does not recommend it.
Director, National Coalition of Organized Women