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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines such as Gardasil and Cervarix to prevent cervical cancer and other related diseases. Children as young as 9 years old may get the vaccine. The most current formula of the vaccine requires a series of two doses. The HPV vaccine is very safe, and research shows the benefit outweighs the risk of complications, according to the CDC.

But, some controversy remains. There are parents and health care workers who are not convinced of the government’s safety figures. Some parents have even contacted Drugwatch to share their stories about rare, crippling side effects after receiving Gardasil.

Because of a law that took effect in the 1980s, people injured by certain vaccines cannot sue drug companies. Instead, they must apply for compensation through a government program called the National Vaccination Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

On this episode of the Drugwatch Podcast, our guest is former nurse Deborah “Devi” Jennings.

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