HPV Vaccine

Gardasil and other HPV vaccines protect against a group of viruses called human papillomaviruses, some of which can cause genital warts, as well as certain cancers. However, reports have linked HPV vaccines to Guillain-Barré syndrome and other serious side effects.

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What is the HPV Vaccine?

HPV vaccines are intended to prevent human papillomaviruses.  Certain HPV types can cause genital warts, while others have been linked to cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, penile, vulvar, and vaginal cancer.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved 3 HPV vaccines:

  • Gardasil
  • Gardasil 9
  • Cervarix

However, as of May 2017, Gardasil 9 is the only HPV vaccine available for use in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children aged 11 or 12 years should get two HPV vaccine shots 6 to 12 months apart. If the two shots are given less than 5 months apart, a third shot will be needed.

Adolescents who get their first dose at age 15 or older need three doses of vaccine given over 6 months

The HPV vaccine is also recommended for young women through age 26, and young men through age 21.

HPV Vaccine Side Effects

From June 2006 through March 2014, some 67 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the U.S.  The federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received more than 25,000 adverse event reports involving Gardasil. 7.6% of these events were classified as serious.

Among females, fainting, dizziness, nausea, headache and fever were the most commonly reported non-serious Gardasil side effects. Dizziness, fainting, pallor, headache and loss of consciousness were the most commonly-reported among men.

Serous HPV vaccine side effects may include:

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome: The body’s immune system attacks its own nerves, causing weakness and instability, difficulty breathing, changes in blood pressure, and other symptoms.
  • Premature Ovarian Failure (POF): The American College of Pediatricians warned of a possible association between POF and Gardasil in 2016.
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS): HPV vaccines have been associated with reports of POTS, an autoimmune disease that results in an abnormally rapid heart rate increase whenever a person assumes an upright position.
  • ALS: Merck has been investigating reports linking Gardasil to ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
  • Neuromyelitis Optica or Optic Neuritis: Some research suggests that Gardasil may trigger this autoimmune disease.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) provides compensation to those who have been hurt by the HPV vaccine and other covered vaccines. So far, the program has paid more than $5.8 million to 49 Americans who were injured by Gardasil.

Under the NVICP’s guidelines, a vaccine injury is presumed to be covered if:

  • The injury meets the definition included in the program’s Vaccine Injury Table.
  • The first symptom of the condition occurred within the time period specified by the table.

The table list the following covered injuries for HPV vaccines:

If an injury does not appear in the Vaccine Injury Table or does not meet the Table requirements, claimants must present expert witness testimony, medical records, medical opinions, or other evidence proving that the vaccine caused the injury and/or condition.

Free HPV Vaccine Lawsuit Reviews

Our attorneys are offering free legal reviews to individuals who may have been injured by the HPV vaccine.  To contact our office, please call (888) 994-5118.

  1. gov (2018) “HPV Vaccines” https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-vaccine-fact-sheet#q1
  2. NCBI (2014) “Guillain-Barre syndrome following quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccination among vaccine-eligible individuals in the United States” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24013368
  3. American College of Pediatricians (2016). “New Concerns about the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine”  https://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/health-issues/new-concerns-about-the-human-papillomavirus-vaccine
  4. CDC (2018) “Frequently Asked Questions about HPV Vaccine Safety” https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/hpv-safety-faqs.html#A10
  5. Washington Times (2014) “U.S. court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/31/us-court-pays-6-million-gardasil-victims/
Last Modified: July 11, 2018

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