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HPV Vaccination Concerns

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A vaccine already controversial just because of what it protects against is once again making headlines but this time for a far different reason.

There has been nationwide reports of girls fainting when injected with the HPV vaccine and although he has not seen it in his office, one local doctor tells me he understands the extreme reaction. It is reportedly worse than the notoriously painful tetanus shot.

"We've seen about 100 girls over the last 6 months and they all said it s been more painful than expected....and any other vaccines they've had," said Dr. Robinson.

Dr. Robinson's three daughters have all received the HPV vaccine. He says they told him the same thing.

"My daughter has been vaccinated for everything, including tetanus, and it's apparently worse than that," siad Robinson 

Robinson says there are at least two reasons why the shot is so painful. One, the carrier that distributes the virus particles throughout the body. 

"You have to put it in this media that's very uncomfortable so it appears the carrier is the painful part when it s injected. The other, the sheer volume of fluid injected."

"Most vaccines are only a few drops, so that s probably a part of the pain as well."

Robinson says patients were not initially warned of the pain simply because it wasn't addressed in early trials. The HPV vaccine is a series of three shots over a six month period. Each shot costs around 120 dollars. 

The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls between the ages of 9 and 26. It protects against more than ten strains of the human papilloma virus, a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

Most clinics in and around Amarillo offer the vaccine. Experts say HPV is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted disease. Research findings report by age 25, 50 to 80 percent of American women will be infected with HPV.

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