Health ministry withdraws recommendation for cervical cancer vaccine
The Asahi Shimbun, Asia & Japan Watch (AJW) | 15 June 2013
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.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is not suspending the use of the vaccination, but it has instructed local governments not to promote the use of the medicine while studies are conducted on the matter. . . .
. . . So far, an estimated 3.28 million people have received the vaccination. However, 1,968 cases of possible side effects, including body pain, have been reported. . . .