The information in the letter claimed an open email was written to the director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which alleged “misconduct, malfeasance and what could be potentially be criminal behaviour by certain officials to mislead the global public on the safety of Gardasil”.
Petousis-Harris said the WHO in every country supports the vaccine.
It’s really important to reflect on the importance the vaccination has had on the disease, she said. Already there had been a significant reduction in cervical cancer and genital warts.
“We are potentially seeing a decrease in a whole lot of other cancers that this little malicious virus can do as well.”
However, countries like Australia which had a higher vaccination percentage, had significantly lower numbers of the disease than New Zealand, she said.
Among the controversy more than six years ago, an Upper Hutt teenager’s death was blamed on the Gardasil vaccine.
However, the recently released coroners findings into the death of Jasmine Nicole Renata found no evidence of an abnormal reaction to the vaccine.
Petousis-Harris said it was a “shame” that the teen’s parents did not go through with the cardiac testing to rule out an inherited heart disorder as advised, and instead kept blaming her death on the vaccination.
When somebody gets sick or even worse dies without explanation, everyone wants an answer , Petousis-Harris said.
“Every year hundreds of young people get sick and a portion of those are unexplained. When you don’t have a reason for that, that’s when people go looking.”