The most common side effects of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and go away on their own in a few days. Other common side effects are headache, fever, muscle or joint pain, and nausea.
A few people have fainted after getting the injection. This is why your doctor will have you stay seated in the office for 15 minutes following the shot. Almost all people are fine to leave when the time is up. But if you do feel faint, your doctor will have you lay down until they are sure you are ok to go.
Serious reactions to the HPV vaccine are very rare. They have included an allergic reaction to the vaccine and asthma attacks.
People who have a moderate to severe illness should wait until they are better to get the HPV vaccine. Also, pregnant women should not get this vaccine.
The benefits of the HPV vaccine are great. HPV is a major cause of cervical and penile cancer. It can also cause head and neck cancers in both men and women. The HPV vaccine is very good at preventing cancer. Since side effects of the vaccine tend to be mild, the benefit far outweighs the risks.
Get your HPV shot now to prevent cancer in your future!