Controversial vaccine found to have minor side effects, but no major risks
POSTED: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Friday, December 28, 2012 - 11:36am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Alondra Zaloman got her HPV vaccine shots four years ago when she was thirteen.
"I decided to get it because it was for my own good," said Zaloman.
The CDC recommends all children get the vaccine starting at age eleven, boys and girls to protect them from certain cancers before they become sexually active.
This has cause debate and backlash.
Now a large study out of Kaiser Permanente examines the safety of the vaccine.
Researchers look at the records of two hundred thousand girls and young women who received Gardasil.
They found the vaccine was safe overall.
"...It's generally a good thing to do and a safe thing to do for your children," stated Dr.Catherine Hurley, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles.
But there were some minor side effects.
Those who got he shot were six times more likely to faint and 1.75 times more likely to experience skin infections two weeks after the vaccination.
The researchers did not find any other concerns within sixty days of the vaccination.
Dr. Bruce Hensel reporting.