HPV vaccine Gardasil review finds no evidence of new risks: Health Canada
Findings in line with recent international reports on the vaccine's safety, Health Canada says
Health Canada says a review of international research data suggests the HPV vaccine Gardasil can be safely used and there are no new safety risks associated with its use.
Gardasil is approved for use in Canada and more than 100 other countries around the world to protect against four types of human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Those four strains cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers, 90 per cent of genital warts and up to 90 per cent of anal cancers.
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The federal department found no evidence of an increased risk of autoimmune or cardiovascular diseases, and says its findings are in line with recent international reports on the vaccine's safety.
Almost two million Canadians have been vaccinated with Gardasil since its approval in 2006. About 1,800 reported side-effects following vaccination, including dizziness, nausea, headache, fever, and pain and swelling at the injection site.
The vaccine is recommended for girls and women aged nine to 45 and boys and men aged nine to 26 to prevent cancers and genital warts caused by the sexually transmitted virus.