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Oct 18, 2012 9:58 AM by Marissa Torres

HPV Vaccine debate

Concerns about the HPV vaccine are raising questions as to whether or not its safe.

It's been a topic of debate ever since the CDC recommended all children get the vaccine starting at age 11. But a new study may answer some of those safety questions.

Kaiser Permanente looked at the records of 200-thousand girls and young women who received Gardisil, the HPV vaccine, and overall-- they say it's safe.

Researchers found that those who got the shots were six times more likely to faint the day of the vaccination; that's about 24 out of a thousand people who had that kind of reaction.

The study also discovered patients were 1.75 times more likely to experience a skin infection in the two weeks after the vaccination.

But other than those two symptoms, researchers say they didn't find any other safety concerns of significance, within 60 days after vaccination.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and there are more than 40 types that can infect males and females.

The CDC says most people who become infected with HPV don't even know they have it.

 

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