Considering the most common 5 problems caused by Gardasil will help you determine whether the HPV vaccine is right for you. Developed to prevent infection by the genital human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil has become famous for its ability to prevent cervical cancer in women, as well as genital warts in men and women alike. With HPV fast becoming the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, infecting half of the sexually active population at any given time, reasons for receiving a vaccine that will likely prevent infection are compelling. However, the 5 problems caused by Gardasil should be considered beforehand.
- Severe allergic reaction. Of the 5 problems caused by Gardasil, allergic reactions are the most serious though least prevalent. Swelling in the feet and hands, face and lips may occur and could lead to difficulty breathing if the air pipe in the throat is impeded through inflammation. If you experience an allergic reaction, you will likely begin to feel its effects within a few minutes of the Gardasil injection, while you are still at the doctor’s office. If a severe allergy occurs hours later, contact your doctor at once or seek emergency medical help if you are finding it hard to breath.
- Reaction at the site of the Gardasil injection. The Gardasil vaccine often leads to an irritation of the tissue surrounding the injection area in the arm. One in four people (25%) will experience redness and swelling, as well as itching akin to an insect bite.
- Pain. Pain is often experienced during and after the Gardasil vaccine is given. Eight in ten people (80%) will experience some sensation of pain as the injection is administered. Pain resulting from swelling around the injection area is also common. One in three people (33%) will experience a headache as a result of the Gardasil vaccine.
- Fever. Gardasil may cause fever in a small percentage of people. One in ten patients (10%) will experience a mild fever of around 100° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius), while one in sixty-five (less than 0.5%) will experience a moderate fever of 102° Fahrenheit (39° Celsius).
- Fainting. As with any needle injection, Gardasil may cause a jerky motions or a fainting spell immediately after the vaccine is administered. If you tend to faint after getting an injection, ask to lie down when the Gardasil vaccine is administered. If you feel light-headed or nauseous after the shot, lie down or sit with your head between your knees to avoid fainting. After fifteen minutes of rest most patients return to normal health.
Keep in mind that you may experience no side effects or mild ones only. In the event of severe problems with Gardasil, don’t hesitate to call your doctor or go to the hospital. You can ask your medical provider to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form with the FDA.