Can the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine cause multiple sclerosis (MS)?

There is good news for all parents regarding the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: a major study shows that there is no increase in multiple sclerosis (MS) associated with the vaccine. This vaccine is given to girls between age 9 and 13 to prevent cancers of the cervix (a part of the uterus) caused by the virus.

The study followed almost four million females in two Scandinavian countries who received the HPV vaccine between 2006 and 2013. The researchers were trying to determine if there was any change in the rate of MS and other demyelinating nerve diseases in girls who received the vaccine compared to those who did not. The study results showed there was no increase in MS or other demyelinating diseases. This further establishes the safety of this widely used vaccine.

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