Signs and symptoms of an adverse reaction to Cervarix

Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.

HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). These are all viruses that can be passed on during sex, but they cause different symptoms and health problems.According to the CDC, there are several ways that people can lower their chances of getting HPV, such as vaccination, using condoms and being faithful to one partner.

Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. These vaccines are given in three shots. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person’s first sexual contact, when he or she could be exposed to HPV.

For girls and women there are two vaccine choices that are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. Those options are Gardasil and Cervarix. For this article, let’s look at the signs and symptoms of an adverse reaction to one of these vaccines, Cervarix.

The HPV Cervarix® vaccine has been in use around the world for several years and according to the CDC has been very safe. However, any medicine could possibly cause a serious problem such as a severe allergic reaction. The risk of any vaccine causing a serious injury or death is extremely small.

The federal government claims that life-threatening allergic reactions from vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it would be within a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.

According to their Vaccine Information Sheet, there are several “recognized” mild to moderate problems that are known to occur with this HPV vaccine. According to the VIS, these do not last long and go away on their own.

The “recognized” adverse reactions are, reactions where the shot was given – pain (about 9 people in 10), redness or swelling (about 1 person in 2), other mild reactions, fever of 99.5 or higher degrees Fahrenheit (about 1 person in 8), headache or fatigue (about 1 person in 2), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain (about 1 person in 4), muscle or joint pain (up to 1 person in 2) and fainting.

In regards to the fainting reaction, the CDC says that the brief fainting spells and related symptoms (such as jerking movements) can happen after any medical procedure, including vaccination. Sitting or lying down for about 15 minutes after a vaccination can help prevent fainting and injuries caused by falls. Tell your doctor if the patient feels dizzy or light-headed or has vision changes or ringing in the ears.

Like all vaccines, HPV vaccines will continue to be monitored for unusual or severe problems.

This is all wonderful information and we are grateful that the CDC has “recognized” these adverse reactions but it is vital that you know these are not the only potential adverse reactions to the Cervarix vaccine.

There are several reports and studies that have proven that Cervarix has been associated with autoimmune disorders and nerve damage. Not to mention the reported fatalities with the HPV vaccines. Just because the VIS and the CDC does not openly share these other very serious reactions, does not mean that they should not be considered when choosing to vaccinate your daughter or son with this very serious vaccine.


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