What you should know about the HPV Vaccine

Controversy continues to surround the widely advertised HPV Vaccination, Gardasil, including several reports of children dying after receiving the vaccination. While those reports do not confirm that the vaccine leads to death, many parents and patients are still skeptical.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and currently one local clinic is seeing a spike in those coming in for the vaccination.

The Shot Clinic in Little Rock says during this time of year, they are gearing up for those looking to receive their back-to school shots, many of which include Gardasil.

“It’s preventing genital warts and cervical cancer. They found that cervical cancer isn’t caused by most cancers its caused by the HPV virus,” said registered nurse, Lisa Roberts.

While the HPV Vaccine is reported to prevent most cases of cervical cancer, there is still opposition surrounding the Gardasil shot.

“There are a lot of people out there who are still wary about some of the things that have been publicized” said Roberts.

According to the CDC From June 2006 through September 2015, about 80 million doses of HPV Vaccine had been given out in the United States and 117 deaths were reported to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) after people received the Gardasil Vaccine.

“There have been some deaths reported but there are a small number reported and they haven’t conclusively determined that was the cause. The benefits far outweigh the risk. Multiple studies done by the CDC have concluded there’s a very slim chances of any adverse reaction,” said Roberts.

Officials with the Shots Clinic Say while death is unlikely, there are still Common Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine including:


Headache or feeling tired


Muscle or joint pain

The Shots Clinic say they are currently working with local high schools to hold workshops where they will offer the HPV Vaccination to students.

The Vaccination is recommended for both males and females between the ages of 11 and 12.

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