New study examines side effects of Gardasil - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/18/09

New study examines side effects of Gardasil

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UBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Three years after Gardasil was first introduced, a new study looks at the side effects when taking this drug.  Gardasil is the vaccine that came into focus with a lot of controversy, when it was recommended for young girls as protection against the Human Papoloma virus that can lead to cervical cancer. 

Now, a safety review in the Journal of The American Medical Association says it appears that out of all the doses that have been given, six out of 100 girls vaccinated, will have some adverse effect.   "For 23 million doses that have been sent out, we've received 12,424 reports of adverse events...If people faint, they can fall, hit their head, have a concussion, break a bone," said Barbara Slade, M.D., with the Center for Disease Control.

Fainting topped the list of overall adverse events, with nearly 1,900 episodes reported.  Other common reactions included dizziness, nausea, headaches and injection site reactions, but parents should know that tragically, there were 32 deaths linked to the vaccine.  Although, remember that's 32 deaths out of 23 million doses that were given, so it would definitely be a rare occurrence.

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