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Side Effects of the HPV Vaccine

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with the HPV vaccine. However, not everyone who gets the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
The most common side effects include:
 
  • Reactions at the injection site, such as:
 
    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Redness
    • Itching
 
  • Fever
  • Upset stomach (nausea)
  • Dizziness.
     
(Click HPV Vaccine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Getting the Vaccine?

Prior to receiving the HPV vaccine, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • A fever or are feeling ill
  • A bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia
  • A poorly functioning immune system (such as with HIV, AIDS, or cancer)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Taking anticoagulants ("blood thinners")
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see HPV Vaccine and Pregnancy)
  • Breastfeeding.
     
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Warnings and Precautions With the HPV Vaccine for more information, including information on who should not get it.)
  
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