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Gardasil Side Effects to Report

There are several side effects of Gardasil that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Very high fever
  • Weakness, tingling, or paralysis (which may be signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome) 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, wheezing, an unusual skin rash, itching, or hives.


As with other vaccines, fainting has been reported after some individuals were given Gardasil. It is recommended that patients be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccination, to make sure that fainting does not occur in a dangerous situation (such as while driving).


Rare Gardasil Side Effects

There are other Gardasil side effects that can occur. These side effects happen in very few patients taking Gardasil. For these side effects, it is difficult to tell whether the side effect is because of Gardasil or something else.
Some of these rare Gardasil side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, usually involving vomiting or diarrhea
  • Appendicitis, which is an infection or inflammation of the appendix
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is an infection or inflammation in the pelvic area that can lead to infertility and other problems
  • Asthma or bronchospasms (airway spasms)
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs
  • Seizures
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome.


Gardasil Side Effects: Summary

It is possible that you may experience some or none of these Gardasil side effects explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a Gardasil side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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