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HPV Vaccine Not as Painful as Some Think

Survey Counters Anecdotal Reports That HPV Vaccines Are More Painful Than Other Shots

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"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 GlaxoSmithKline.

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