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Common questions about the HPV vaccine

The human papillomavirus infects around 14 million people a year, including teens. This is frightening, as HPV puts people at a higher risk for developing certain types of cancers. To try to combat this, many parents decide to get their preteens and teens vaccinated against the virus. Some adults also get the catch-up vaccine before their respective cut-off age, which is in their 20s for men and women.

How many HPV vaccines are on the market?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on the HPV vaccine, including who should get it, when to administer it and what the risks of the vaccine are.

It is important to keep in mind with this information that the goal of the vaccines are to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and that the three vaccines on the market -- Gardasil 9, Gardasil and Cervarix -- have all been tested for safety and are now recommended by the CDC. However, a CDC recommendation does not mean that the vaccines come without risk.

What are the known side effects of the HPV vaccine?

Like any vaccine, there is the risk for an adverse reaction. Commonly reported adverse reactions with the HPV vaccines include dizziness, nausea, headache and pain or swelling at the injection site. Some people may also be allergic to certain ingredients found in these vaccines. If these people receive the injection, there is the risk of anaphylaxis.

Can I sue after an adverse reaction?

It is not news that some vaccines can cause injury. This is part of the reason why the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created. This program receives $.75 tax on every vaccine the CDC recommends. This money is put into a trust that is used to compensate those hurt by vaccine-related injuries.

There are a number of different vaccines that are on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program list, including these routine HPV vaccines.

Those hurt by vaccines are not able to sue the manufacturer or the doctor who administered it. However, they can file a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It is highly recommended to work with an attorney to file this claim.

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