from news.com.au: More than 17 girls a week have been experiencing adverse reactions such as seizures and numbness after taking cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil since it became widely distributed in April.
But the Department of Health and Ageing, while revealing the number of reactions, is refusing to release the details of them - despite growing controversy overseas, including links to at least seven deaths.
There have been previous reports in Australia of young girls fainting, experiencing seizures, dizzy spells and paralysis, including 20 students at a Melbourne private school who reported being sick after having an injection in late May.
Of those, 468 of the reported cases had the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine as the sole suspected cause.
In the US there have been reports of up to 1700 women suffering adverse reactions after being vaccinated.