Vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in girls has the reputation of being a very painful shot.
The Associated Press is reporting the rumors swirling around the Gardasil vaccine about how the shots are more painful than most. The pain reportedly ranges from slight discomfort to girls actually fainting. When we started reading this report we thought, duh, shots hurt but kids fainting? Did many girls faint from this shot or did one girl faint and it became the shot heard around the world? We turned to our resident pediatrician, Dr. Cara Natterson for some clarity...
"In my practice, I certainly hear many teens complain about the sting of the HPV injection. But it is not the only teenage shot that prompts a reaction. The tetanus shot and the meningitis shot also elicit their
fair share of whines. HPV probably stings more than most going in, but within several minutes, most kids say they feel fine. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are good pain relievers. But most kids don’t need them." There you have it, sometimes shots elicit a little pain.