Study Shows that Gardasil is Safe for Young Women

Gardasil is the only vaccination available that helps protect against four types of HPV (Human Papillomas Virus).  Recently, there was a concern about how safe this vaccination was.  A recent study has shown the Gardasil is safe for young women.

According to a study that ws published on Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Gardasil was found to be safe.  Kaiser Permanente conducted the study and observed the reactions of 189, 629 females between the agesof 9 and 26 who received at least one does of Gardasil for 60 days.  The study did also show an increased risk in fainting and skin reactions in the days following the administration of the vaccine.  According to the results of the study, patients were six times more likely to faint on the day of receiving the vaccine than in the following weeks, which was shown to happen in other vaccine studies.  The results also showed that the females were 1.8 times more likely to report a skin infection which could include something as small as swelling around the site of the injection.

In case you are not familiar with the vaccine or how it is given, it is administered to young women and girls, 26 years of age and under, in three separate injections over the course of six months.   In girls and women between the ages of 9 to 26, Gardasil protects againsts two types of HPV that causes 75% of the cases of cervical cancer and two more types that cause 90% of genital warts.  In young girls and women ages 9 to 26, it also protects against 70% of vaginal cancer cases and 50% of vulvar cancer cases.

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