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Cervarix Side Effects

In most cases, side effects of Cervarix are minor. In clinical trials, the most common side effect reported with the vaccine was pain at the injection site. Other possible reactions include headache, muscle pain, and fatigue. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience any serious problems, such as fainting, high fever, or swelling of the throat.

An Introduction to Cervarix Side Effects

As with all vaccines, side effects are possible with Cervarix® (Human Papillomavirus Bivalent [Types 16 and 18] Vaccine, Recombinant). However, not everyone who receives the vaccination will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cervarix. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Cervarix

Cervarix has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. During these studies, all possible side effects were recorded and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of women and girls given a different vaccine (a hepatitis A vaccine) or a placebo vaccine that contained some of the inactive ingredients in Cervarix.
 
In these clinical trials, the most commonly reported Cervarix side effects included:
 
  • Pain at the injection site -- in up to 91.8 percent of people
  • Fatigue -- up to 55 percent
  • Headache -- up to 53.4 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 49.1 percent
  • Redness at the injection site -- up to 48 percent
  • Swelling at the injection site -- up to 44.1 percent.
     
Other common reactions (occurring in 7 to 30 percent of people) included:
 
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • A fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Hives.
     
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