What should I watch for?
This vaccine may not fully protect everyone. This vaccine does not prevent all types of cervical cancer. Continue to have regular pelvic exams and cervical cancer screenings as directed by your doctor.
The Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease. It can be passed by any kind of sexual activity that involves genital contact. The vaccine works best when given before you have any contact with the virus. Many people who have the virus do not have any signs or symptoms.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you have any reaction or unusual symptom after getting the vaccine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
bloody or cloudy urine
body aches or pain
change in the color, amount, or odor of vaginal discharge
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with breathing
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
loss of voice
lower back or side pain
muscle aches and pains
trouble with sleeping
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
difficulty with swallowing
joint or muscle pain
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red, irritated eyes
shortness of breath
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
tightness in the chest
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal or stomach cramps, discomfort, or pain
difficulty with moving
hives or welts
red streaks on the skin
redness of the skin
swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site
swollen mouth and tongue
urge to have bowel movement
stuffy or runny nose
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trouble with swallowing
Changes in menstrual periods
decreased sexual ability in males
dry skin and hair
dry, puffy skin
red, scaling, or crusted skin
sensitivity to heat
severe abdominal or stomach pain
swelling of the front part of the neck
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.