Thousands of girls and women of different ages took part in the clinical trials for the HPV vaccines [1]. These trials found that the vaccine offers 98% protection against infection with the high-risk types of HPV in girls who haven’t previously been infected with the virus. Side effects from both vaccines are usually mild.

Side effects for the Gardasil HPV vaccine include [2]:

Very common side effects (side effects which may occur in more than one per 10 doses of vaccine) reported by girls who have received the vaccine are:

  • Injection site problems such as redness, bruising, itching, swelling, pain or cellulitis
  • Headaches

Common (side effects which may occur in less than one per 10 but more than one per 100 doses of vaccine):

  • Fever
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Painful arms, hands, legs or feet

Rare (side effects which may occur in less than one per 100 but more than one per 1,000 doses of vaccine):

  • More than one in 10,000 people who have the Gardasil HPV vaccine experience:
  • An itchy red rash (urticaria)
  • Fewer than 1 in 10,000 people who have the Gardasil HPV vaccine experience:
    • Restriction of the airways and difficult breathing (brochospasm)

For information on side effects for the HPV Vaccine, please see these websites: 

  1. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/12vol38/acs-dcc-1/index-eng.php#a4-8

  2. http://www.gardasil.com/about-gardasil/about-gardasil/

  3. http://www.gsk.ca/english/docs-pdf/product-monographs/Cervarix.pdf

References

  1. Schiller JT. et al. 2008. An update of prophylactic human papillomavirus L1 virus-like particle vaccine clinical trial results. Vaccine, 26 (10), K53-61.
  2. NHS choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/HPV-vaccination/Pages/Side-effects.aspx. Accessed 03.05.2013.

 


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