Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:58

HPV Vaccines and #FAKENEWS

What’s the worry?

Specifically, some have claimed that the vaccine is linked to:

  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

Why the confusion? CRPS and POTS are real but very rare conditions that can affect teenagers. HPV vaccines are given to teenagers, leading some to wonder whether there is a connection. The concerns are understandable but unfounded. There is no causal link between HPV vaccines and the symptoms of CRPS and POTS. Independent experts at the European Medicines Agency looked at the rates of these conditions in teenagers who had had the vaccine. They compared this to teenagers who had not had the vaccine. The rates of POTS and CRPS were the same in both groups.

Published in Programme management