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Gardasil Side Effects: Anaphylaxis, Blood Clots, Seizures, and More

UPDATED: June 19, 2018

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Millions of vaccinations for HPV have been given out since the vaccine was first released, and for most recipients, it has been a safe experience. There are, however, side effects associated with Gardasil that occur for some. Some are serious and some are mild.

Common Gardasil side effects include:

  • Pain, swelling, itching, bruising and redness at the injection site;
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Fainting

Fainting can be accompanied by falling and injuries associated with it.

More serious side effects can include:

  • Very high fever
  • Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, rash)
  • Headaches
  • Appendicitis
  • Blood clots
  • Seizures
  • Joint and muscle pain

The following have been reported after having had the Gardasil vaccination:

  • Pancreatic failure
  • Motor neuron disease (ALS)
  • Paralysis
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis

While few can argue that Gardasil is completely free of side effects, the main controversy seems to be over whether or not the risks of side effects from the vaccine outweigh the benefits of protection from a cancer that is rare to begin with and a vaccine that is not effective forever. To complicate matters, comprehensive records of adverse reactions have not been collected by Merck, the drug manufacturer, and so an accurate, overall picture of adverse reactions to the vaccine is not possible.

If you or someone you know has become ill after receiving the Gardasil vaccination, seek the advice of an experienced Gardasil lawyer immediately. There is no fee and no obligation. However, if you delay, you may lose your right to seek compensation for injuries caused by Gardasil due to state-imposed time limits for filing a lawsuit called the statute of limitations.

Check out the following articles for more information about Gardasil, current Gardasil lawsuits, filing a Gardasil lawsuit, and finding a Gardasil attorney.

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