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Gardasil and Vaccine-Related Injuries: What You Need to Know

Person Receiving Injection
Despite widespread belief, scientific research indicates that there are no cases of autism associated with vaccines. However, this does not mean that vaccines are entirely risk-free. Patients can still suffer from other vaccine-related injuries.
Gardasil is a relatively new vaccine that provides protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes genital warts and can contribute to the risk of cancer late in life. However, there are multiple vaccine-related injuries associated with the Gardasil vaccination. If you or a loved one are considering this vaccination, read on to learn important information about the Gardasil vaccine.
The Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause an Injection-Site Injury
Gardasil is not immune to injection-site injuries. Though injection-site injuries are possible with any vaccination, they are still a risk that you should know about. Injection-site injuries occur when the medical practitioner misplaces the needle.
Patients commonly suffer from injection-site injuries in the shoulder, as this is a prevalent place for many people to receive shots. The medical practitioner should position the needle so that it hits a shoulder muscle. But if the practitioner does not have ample experience or is careless, they could possibly hit the shoulder's bursa with the needle instead.
The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps cushion the body's joints. When a needle is inserted into the bursa, this causes intense paint that can inhibit the shoulder's range of motion. It can also contribute to future shoulder ailments, such as tendinitis.
You can minimize the risk of suffering an injection-site injury by visiting a medical professional who has ample experience administering vaccinations. If have a low body fat percentage, make sure that your practitioner knows what changes should be made during the administration of the vaccine. For example, the practitioner may opt to use a smaller needle.
Some Patients are Allergic to Ingredients in the Gardasil Vaccine
In rare cases, patients can experience an allergic reaction to some of the ingredients in the Gardasil vaccine. Symptoms associated with a mild allergic reaction include redness and itching around the injection site. Some severe reactions have caused patients to suffer from anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can cause the body to go into shock or cause death. It is an extremely rare vaccine-related injury.
If you are concerned that the Gardasil vaccine may cause an allergic reaction, you can have your physician conduct an allergy test to see if the vaccine is an actual allergen for your body. Patients who have severe allergies or who have experienced severe vaccine reactions in the past should consult with their physicians regarding the Gardasil vaccine.
Certain Ailments are Associated with the Gardasil Vaccine
Though studies have not established causation between certain ailments and the Gardasil vaccine, some conditions have been observed in patients who have received the Gardasil vaccine. A small percentage of patients died after receiving the vaccination. However, nearly all of these patients had underlying medical conditions.
Other patients displayed symptoms that indicated they were suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS is a neurological condition that causes muscle weakness and temporary or permanent paralysis. Professionals disagree as to whether or not the development of GBS in patients who have received the Gardasil vaccine has occurred at a statistically significant rate.
Some patients also developed blood clots after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, but the vaccine has not been proven to cause the clots. Many of these patients were at a higher risk for blood clots due to previous health conditions or the medications they were taking, most notably birth control.
Have you or someone you loved suffered a vaccine-related injury from Gardasil or another vaccine? Contact the Vaccine Injury Lawyers at Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC for a free consultation.