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Mrs Halliday said on 10 November 2011

The Government does recognise that all medicines, including vaccines, carry a risk of side-effects. Whilst the overwhelming majority of people can be vaccinated safely or with only very minor side-effects, very rarely an individual will suffer serious side-effects. In considering healthcare provision to protect the population and individuals, Governments often have to make difficult decisions. In the case of the HPV vaccine, the best information we have is that for the vast majority the vaccine is safe, that it will save many lives and that it will reduce serious illness associated with cervical cancer.