Prof. Peter Goetzsche, Director of Nordic Cochrane Centre, about possible adverse events of HPV-vaccination
The HPV-vaccines are controversial because there are important uncertainties. They have caused a lot of public debate, particularly in Denmark, where research at the Syncope Center suggested that some of the vaccinated girls might have been seriously harmed by the vaccines. These harms, as you know, include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), complex regional pain syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
It is likely that serious neurological harms are caused by an autoimmune reaction, where the body reacts against its own nervous tissue. Autoantibodies directed towards the autonomic nervous system have been described in patients with POTS and other autonomic dysfunctions. And one such study that you might have heard about today showed that patients with POTS had higher levels of these antibodies than patients with vasovagal syncope or healthy controls and that pharmacological blockade reduced the clinical impact of these antibodies in patients with POTS but not in controls. Another study showed that after vaccination antibodies against beta 2 adrenoceptors where identified in most girls with POTS combined with other symptoms of dysautonomia but only in a minority of those vaccinated girls who where healthy. This comes from Louis Brand (?).