HPV Vaccine Not as Painful as Some Think
Survey Counters Anecdotal Reports That HPV Vaccines Are More Painful Than Other Shots
HPV Vaccine vs. Other Vaccines continued...
"While many parents in our study reported their daughters experienced pain
or discomfort after receiving HPV vaccine, the reported pain was less frequent
and less severe than that associated with other adolescent vaccines and did not
affect completion of the HPV vaccine regimen," the researchers write.
The researchers urge health care providers to inform parents and their
daughters that pain from the HPV shots has been reported as being similar to or
less than the discomfort from other adolescent vaccines.
One researcher, Jennifer Smith of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer
Center, reported receiving research grants or contracts, honoraria, or
consulting fees in the last four years from GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.
GlaxoSmithKline makes Cervarix, a vaccine recently approved to prevent cervical
cancer in girls and young women. Merck manufacturers Gardasil, recently
approved to prevent genital warts in boys and men.
Brewer acknowledges receiving a research grant from Merck on men's attitudes
toward HPV, but received no honoraria or consulting fees from Merck or