What should I watch for?
This vaccine may not fully protect everyone. Continue to have regular pelvic exams and cervical or anal 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:
Black, tarry stools
blood in urine or stools
body aches or pain
difficulty with breathing
dry skin and hair
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
hoarseness or husky voice
loss of consciousness
loss of voice
muscle cramps and stiffness
pinpoint red spots on skin
unexplained weight loss
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
Difficulty with swallowing
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
shortness of breath
tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
back pain, sudden and severe
back, leg, or stomach pains
general body swelling
hives or welts
inability to move the arms and legs
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
loss of appetite
loss of bladder control
muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
muscle weakness, sudden and progressing
pain in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg
redness of the skin
shakiness and unsteady walk, unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
sudden loss of consciousness
sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs
sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
yellowing of the eyes or skin
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:
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.