Sticky Situations

Two girls have died after being injected with Gardasil, the drug intended to protect against HPV and cervical cancer. The causes of the deaths, which occurred in Germany and Austria, are unknown and not necessarily connected to the vaccine, but the European Medicines Agency monitors those injected. Nicholas Kitchin, medical director of the drug company responsible for Gardasil, said 13 million doses have been administered worldwide and the vaccine has a good safety profile. "The authorities in Germany and Austria have looked pretty extensively at these two deaths and have not seen anything that makes them believe a causal relationship," he stated. [Telegraph, Daily Mail]