Why do some people think that over 75,000 adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine have been reported?
Oh, the anti-vax sign folks…
Have Over 75,000 Adverse Reactions to the HPV Vaccine Been Reported?
So is it true?
Actually, it probably is.
After all, the first HPV vaccine was approved in 2006 and over 110,000,000 doses have been distributed to children, teens, and young adults in the United States alone.
And the adverse reactions they are talking about are reports to VAERS, which means that they are not actually known to be causally linked to the vaccine.
“During June 2006–March 2014, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received a total of 25,176 adverse event reports after HPV vaccination in the United States. Among these, HPV4 was cited in 99% of reports (22,867 and 2,196 reports among females and males, respectively); 92.4% of the HPV4 reports were classified as nonserious. Since October 2009, when HPV4 was licensed for males, the most commonly reported symptoms among males were similar to those among females, including injection site reactions, dizziness, syncope, nausea, and headache. Overall, reporting of adverse events to VAERS is consistent with prelicensure clinical trial data and consistent with the 2009 published summary of the first 2.5 years of postlicensure reporting to VAERS.”Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents, 2007–2013, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2014 — United States
Anyway, the overwhelming majority of the HPV vaccine reports to VAERS haven’t been serious.
And those that are classified as serious weren’t to the point of being severe or anything…
“Among the 7.9% of HPV4-related VAERS reports classified as serious, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, syncope, and generalized weakness were the most frequently reported symptoms.”Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescent Girls, 2007–2012, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2013 — United States
Study after study have shown that HPV vaccines are safe, with few risks.
“After 2 years of near real-time surveillance of 9vHPV and several prespecified adverse events, no new safety concerns were identified.”Donahue et al on Near Real-Time Surveillance to Assess the Safety of the 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.
Also remember that HPV vaccines prevent cancer!
The next time you see one of these anti-vax propaganda signs, think about why they are trying to scare parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids, risking their getting life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases and cancer.
More on Adverse Reactions to the HPV Vaccine
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- MMWR – Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents, 2007–2013, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2014 — United States
- MMWR – Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescent Girls, 2007–2012, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2013 — United States
- Study – Safety of the 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
- Study – Near Real-Time Surveillance to Assess the Safety of the 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
- From Peyton Rous to the HPV Vaccine: A Journey of Discovery and Progress.