The HPV vaccine, which prevents against the virus that causes cervical cancer, has been in the news this week since teenager Natalie Morton’s tragic death.
Although it appears that Natalie’s death was unlikely to have been directly linked to the vaccine, people are likely to be concerned about its safety – so we thought we’d pull together some of the best information out there.
- There’s an excellent and comprehensive overview on the NHS Choices website. This includes videos, side effects information, and a page about the vaccine’s safety
- You can read this in-depth Q&A about the cervical cancer vaccine on our own CancerHelp UK website
- Jo’s Trust also have an excellent page about the vaccine on their site
- We also posted this ‘Behind the Headlines’ article on the blog in March
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine you can telephone or email our cancer information nurses on 020 7061 8355 or Freephone 0808 800 40 40 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Ed Yong October 12, 2009
By the way, we found this excellent post which visually represents the risks associated with the cervical cancer vaccine (although it deals with Gardasil, the one used in the US, rather than Cervarix, the one used in the UK).