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.
Most people wouldn't think twice about getting an annual flu shot. The vast majority of flu vaccinations are safe, with no negative side effects. In some cases, though, patients experience side effects such as fever, arm soreness, fatigue and allergic reactions.
Each year tens of millions of vaccines are administered in the United States, and with the vast majority of immunizations, there are no complications. However, adverse reactions to vaccines do occur.
Most people don't realize it, but more than 25 years ago a federal program was created to provide compensation to people who have been injured by vaccines.