Study Confirms HPV Vaccine Is Safe For Young Women

Despite the fact that Gardasil — the vaccine that protects young women against the human human papillomavirus (HPV) and helps lowers their risk of cervical cancer — was approved as safe for females between the ages of 9 and 26 back in 2009, it has remained politically contentious, with several Republican lawmakers unwilling to support bills that would mandate the HPV vaccine for young women in their states. A new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine journal analyzed nearly 200,000 girls and women who received Gardasil and confirmed yet again that the HPV vaccine has no adverse effects on young women other than the expected side effects. And unlike some earlier research on the topic, the study did not find an increased risk of blood clots linked with the vaccine.