How much will it hurt? HPV vaccine side effects and influence on completion of the three-dose regimen

Paul L. Reiter, Noel T. Brewer, Sami L. Gottlieb, Annie Laurie McRee, Jennifer S. Smith

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Abstract

We examined the prevalence of reported pain following human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and whether it differed from that for other adolescent vaccines or affected completion of the HPV vaccine regimen. In 2008, we conducted cross-sectional surveys with parents of adolescent girls aged 11-20 living in areas of North Carolina with elevated cervical cancer rates who had received at least one dose of HPV vaccine. Pain from HPV vaccination, while commonly reported by parents, was less frequent compared to other adolescent vaccines and did not appear to affect vaccine regimen completion. These findings may be important to increase HPV vaccination coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6840-6844
Number of pages5
JournalVaccine
Volume27
Issue number49
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2009

Keywords

  • HPV
  • Side effects
  • Vaccine

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

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