A new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has found that the HPV vaccine, better known as Gardasil, is safe. Only same-day fainting and skin infections (some local injection-site reactions) were correlated with the vaccine, and most injections are associated with fainting, especially in the age group the vaccine has been approved for (ages 9 to 26).
The study surveyed nearly 200,000 young women of multiple ethnicities.
“That this study detected two potentially expected outcomes provides reasonable reassurance that it was a valid approach to uncovering HPV4-associated safety signals,” said [lead author Nicola Klein, MD, PhD, co-director and research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, Calif.]. “The findings substantiate the overall safety of the HPV4 vaccine in women and girls following routine administration.”
The vaccine protects against some strains of HPV that cause vaginal, cervical, vulvar, and anal cancers as well as genital warts.
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