Appeal for calm over Gardasil scare

Professor Daniel Floret, the chair of the national committee that oversees vaccinations, said there was no evidence to link Gardasil with auto-immune conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Professor Floret was responding to a criminal complaint filed by an 18-year-old woman against Gardasil's French distributor, Sanofi Pasteur MSD. The case was being given prominent play by France's media on Monday.

"The fact that a complaint has been made does not mean there is a problem. We are putting all the focus on the potential side effects and forgetting what this vaccine brings," said Professor Floret, arguing that the formula had prevented many deaths from cancer.

"None of the international medical safety controls has showed up any link between this vaccine and any kind of auto-immune disease, and millions of doses have been administered," Professor Floret added.

The woman who has initiated criminal proceedings in France was vaccinated with