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Researchers find reported HPV vaccine side effects could have been due to everyday infections

Common infections may have been the reason that a number of adolescents experienced symptoms after receiving the HPV vaccination, a new study conducted by Aarhus University suggests.

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Throat and sinus infections could have been the reason that a number of women reported side effects such as fatigue, headaches and dizziness after receiving the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer, Danish national news service DR reports. Some of the women were featured in a controversial documentary about the vaccine, which aired in 2015.

After the documentary was released, the vaccine has repeatedly been demonstrated to be safe and effective, leading researchers at Aarhus University to investigate where the symptoms the young women experienced could have come from.

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