Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
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This basic web page is presented in plain language for people with general questions about HPV vaccine safety.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is very common. Most people—about 9 in 10—will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives. HPV infections can cause health problems, including several kinds of cancer in both women and men. There are safe and effective vaccines recommended to prevent these health problems from happening. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely monitor HPV vaccines to make sure they are safe.
Common Side Effects of HPV Vaccines
- Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
- Headache or feeling tired
- Muscle or joint pain
Research from before and after the vaccines were licensed show HPV vaccines are safe. As with all approved vaccines, CDC and the FDA closely monitor the safety of HPV vaccines after they are licensed. Any problems detected with these vaccines will be reported to health officials, health care providers, and the public.
For more information on HPV vaccine safety, visit the Detailed page.
- Frequently Asked Questions about HPV Vaccine Safety
- What Parents Should Know About HPV Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness [PDF - 146 KB]
- Why Your Doctor Says You Should Get All 3 HPV Vaccine Shots [PDF - 2.8 MB]
- HPV Vaccine Information Statements