Ouch from HPV vaccine is overblown

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Rumors and news reports that warned of potentially painful side effects of the HPV  (human papillomavirus) vaccine didn’t hold up under scientific scrutiny. Results from a study released today by researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, show that the three HPV shots are no more painful than any other vaccine. “Some stories about HPV vaccine have been downright scary,” says Paul Reiter, PhD, one of the study investigators. The take-home message, say researchers, is that “getting the HPV vaccine hurts less than you think.”