MyFoxAL.com (Birmingham, Alabama) (04.06.12) - Wednesday,
A survey of almost 900 females ages 11-26 within two weeks of
receiving the Gardasil human papillomavirus vaccine found that
preteen girls were more likely to report side effects from the
immunization. Younger patients also were more likely to have
been given other vaccinations - against hepatitis A, tetanus
and the like - at the same time as Gardasil.
In total, 78 percent of females surveyed reported pain when
receiving the vaccine, 17 percent bruising or discoloration,
14 percent swelling at the injection site, and 15 percent
dizziness. One percent fainted.
Pain at injection site was reported by 84 percent of girls
ages 11-12, compared with 74 percent for women ages 18-26.
Dizziness after vaccination was reported by 19 percent of 11-
to 12-year-olds, versus 8 percent for 18- to 26-year-old
Allison Naleway, lead author of the CDC-funded study and
senior investigator with Kaiser Permanente Center for Health
Research in Portland, Ore., said better HPV vaccine education
is needed. "Our study found that young girls do have some
knowledge about the vaccine, but they need to know more. If
these girls and their parents know what to expect, they will
likely be less afraid of getting the vaccine," she said.
While most surveyed knew Gardasil is given in three injections
and prevents cervical cancer, many did not know it also can
protect against genital warts and abnormal Pap smears.
"Reported Adverse Events in Young Women Following Quadrivalent
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination" was published in the Journal
of Women's Health (2012;doi:10.1089/jwh.2011.2895).