HPV vaccine is safe

A Gardasil shot.
A Gardasil shot.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Is the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer safe?

It has been a topic of debate ever since the CDC recommended all children get the vaccine starting at age 11. Now a large study out of Kaiser Permanente looks at the safety of the vaccine.

Researchers looked at the records of the 200,000 girls and young women who received Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. They found the vaccine was safe.

"HPV is protective and is generally a good thing to do and a safe thing to do for your children," said Dr. Catherine Hurley, Kaiser Permanente.

Researchers did find that those who got the shots were six times more likely to faint the day of the vaccination; that is about 24 out of 1,000 people who had that kind of reaction.

It is recommended that preteen girls and boys get the vaccine at 11 or 12 years of age.

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