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Is the HPV vaccine safe?

The vaccine is very safe. 

It was tested on more than 20,000 females in 33 countries and 4000 males in 18 countries before it was approved for use. It is approved for females aged 9 to 45 years and males 9 to 26 years.

Over 205 million doses of the Gardasil vaccine have been distributed worldwide as of 31 December 2015. The vaccine's safety is still (and will always be) closely monitored by scientific organisations around the world including the World Health Organization.

Some people might have mild side effects when they get the vaccine, such as pain, redness and/or swelling at the site of the injection.

These usually pass quickly.

More severe side effects such as anaphylactic (allergic) reaction are extremely rare. They normally only happen if you're allergic to an ingredient in the vaccine.

For every million doses of the vaccine given, there are only around 3 allergic reactions.

After you have the vaccine, you will be monitored for 15 minutes to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction. If an allergic reaction does occur, it can be treated quickly and successfully.

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Young male receiving HPV vaccine injection

The HPV vaccine is extremely safe and effective.

Design and partial content reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

The HPV vaccine is a prescription medicine. Medicines have benefits and risks. After reading this website, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of this vaccine and to check eligibility.

Females who have had the HPV vaccine still need regular Cervical Screening Tests.