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HPV Vaccine is Safe

Suzy Woltmann Suzy Woltmann
3rd May 2021
HPV Vaccine is Safe

The Claim

The HPV vaccine is unsafe.

Emerging story

The HPV vaccine has been around for over a decade. With the recent surge of anti-vax concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, claims that the HPV vaccine is unsafe have gone viral once more.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation found that the HPV vaccine is used to inoculate against the human papilloma virus. Gardasil and Cervarix are the two main vaccines used, although only Gardasil is licensed for use in the U.S. 

HPV infection can cause cancer of the cervix, throat, anus, penis, vagina, and vulva. HPV, which is spread through sexual contact, is thought to cause approximately 36,000 new cases of cancer per year. HPV vaccines have close to 100% efficacy for preventing these types of cancer.

Most side effects of the vaccine are mild and include soreness and dizziness. Severe side effects are extremely rare. According to the CDC, “there is no evidence to suggest that HPV vaccination can lead to death.” Some social media users have cited that a few people have died after receiving the vaccine. However, correlation is not causation, and there is no evidence that the vaccine caused the deaths.

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The CDC, WHO, and FDA all recommend that children get the HPV vaccine as part of routine vaccinations at age 11 or 12. Some parents have expressed the erroneous concern that promoting the HPV vaccine may lead to higher rates of teen promiscuity. This belief has also been shown to be false in multiple multi-year studies.

Since the HPV vaccine prevents multiple types of cancer including several that can cause death, and since side effects are negligible, we rate the claim that the vaccine is unsafe as false.

Misbar’s Classification


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