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Males Aged 11-21 Should Get Gardasil HPV Vaccine

Advisory Panel Votes 13-0 to Make HPV Vaccination Routine for Boys

By the Numbers continued...

Continuing safety studies show no link between HPV vaccination and serious harms such as blood clots, neurological complications, autoimmune disease, or death.

To reinforce that point, William Schaffner, MD, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, asked a pointed question.

"In view of recent political discussions, are there any indications of central nervous system dysfunction or mental retardation associated with this vaccine?" asked Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University.

"There is no evidence," said Eileen Dunne, MD, MPH, who presented the CDC's report on Gardasil safety to the ACIP.

As with other vaccines, HPV vaccination sometimes is associated with fainting episodes. Fainting after vaccination usually happens within 15 minutes of getting a shot. It's more common in women than in men.

HPV vaccination has rarely been linked to skin infections, such as abscesses or cellulitis, near the injection site. There have been 12 reports of severe allergic reactions to Gardasil. All of these patients recovered.

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