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Some people may faint after receiving Cervarix. To help ensure your safety, tell your healthcare provider before getting vaccinated about any medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have. Other warnings and precautions with Cervarix apply to people with sensitivities to latex, concerns about aluminum content, or certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Before you receive Cervarix® (Human Papillomavirus Bivalent [Types 16 and 18] Vaccine, Recombinant), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Had any sort of a reaction to a vaccine before
- A moderate or severe illness
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare providers -- including the one giving the injection -- about any medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With CervarixPrecautions and warnings to be aware of prior to receiving Cervarix include the following:
- Cervarix is not intended to replace routine cervical cancer screening. Women who have received this vaccine still need regular screenings for cervical cancer.
- As with all vaccines, there is a small risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction. Your healthcare provider should be ready in case an allergic reaction occurs.
- As with other vaccines, fainting has been reported after some individuals were given Cervarix. 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.
- Cervarix does not contain thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative). People who are concerned about exposure to this substance can be confident that this vaccine has no thimerosal -- not even trace amounts.
- Some people also are concerned about the aluminum content of vaccines. This vaccine contains 0.5 mg of aluminum hydroxide per dose. Cervarix is not made from animal components or human fetal cell lines, unlike some vaccines. Interestingly, one step of the process in making this product involves using moth cells.
- Cervarix prefilled syringes (but not vials) contain dry natural latex rubber. If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, make sure your healthcare provider gives you Cervarix from the vials, not the prefilled syringes.
- Cervarix is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means it is probably safe for pregnant women, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Cervarix and Pregnancy).
- Although no specific information is available on the safety of Cervarix for breastfeeding women and their infants, most vaccines are considered compatible with breastfeeding (see Cervarix and Breastfeeding).