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Human Papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, is dubbed the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost all men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.

The STI can be spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex and sometimes, although uncommon, a pregnant woman with HPV can pass it on to her baby during delivery. The CDC recommends all children who are 11 or 12 years old get vaccinated for HPV and some states require the vaccination in order to attend public school.

While there were originally three HPV vaccines approved in 2006, only one has not expired and is still available in the U.S. - Gardasil 9. It is approved by the FDA for use in girls and boys ages 9-26 years old and is meant to fight against nine HPV types that can cause various types of cancer, precancerous/dysplastic lesions and genital warts.

As with any vaccination, there are side effects affiliated with the HPV vaccine. Reported side effects of patients include:

  • Pain at the injection site

  • Temporary headache

  • Redness at the injection site

  • Fever

The aforementioned side effects fall on the mild side and are common among all vaccines, not just the HPV vaccine. Although uncommon, there have also been more adverse effects that patients suffered as a direct result of the vaccination. Those more adverse side effects are:

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome - nervous system disorder where body’s immune system attacks its owns nerves

  • Premature Ovarian Failure - also known as premature menopause

  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - (POTS) is marked by an abnormally rapid heart rate increase that occurs when a person assumes an upright position

There is still plenty of research that needs to be done to conclusively pinpoint adverse side effects and their relation to the HPV vaccinations but there are also side effects that may occur due to the medical professional administering the vaccination. Incompetence, non-sterilized equipment or defective medical equipment can all lead to painful or debilitating injury.

If you feel you are a victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. The attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC are skilled, knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to medical malpractice litigation. Call 412-471-4300 or fill out our convenient online contact form to set up a consultation today.


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