A new study may answer some of the safety questions about the HPV vaccine. The CDC has recommended that all children, both boys and girls, get that vaccine starting at age 11 to protect against a number of cancers before they become sexually active.
Now, a large study out of Kaiser Permanente has reviewed the records of 200,000 girls and young women who received the HPV vaccine known as Gardisil.
Dr. Catherine Hurley said, "the bottom line is that it is beneficial to give your child the HPV." "HPV is protective and is generally a good thing to do and a safe thing to do for your children."
Researchers did find that those who got the shots were six times more likely to faint the day of the vaccination, which translates to about two dozen people out of every thousand who are vaccinated. Another common side effect was a skin infection two weeks after the vaccine...but nothing else significant. Meanwhile, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease with more than 40 types that can infect males and females.
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