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HPV vaccine deemed safe


Undated (WXOW) - A new study found Gardasil, a vaccine against human papilloma virus, to be safe even for young girls.

HPV is a virus known to cause genital warts and cervical cancer.

Concerns over the safety of the Gardasil vaccine emerged soon after the Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2006.

Leading health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have deemed it safe and even recommend it for girls ages 11 and 12.

The maker of Gardasil, Merck and Company, funded the study, which was conducted by The Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center and reviewed by independent experts.

It involved nearly 200,000 girls and tracked their health records for 60 days.

According to the study, the only side effects associated with the vaccine were same day fainting and skin infection around the injection site.

The FDA has approved two HPV vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil, for use in females ages nine to 26 years old.

The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics also recommended that boys also get the vaccine.

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