A new cohort study published by BMJ showed no significant link between HPV vaccines and autoimmune, neurologic, or venous thromboembolism disorders in adolescent girls. The study involved nearly a million girls from Denmark and Sweden between the ages of 10-17 who were diagnosed with any of 53 predetermined autoimmune or neurological problems between 2006 and 2010, and among whom 30% had received at least one HPV vaccine. The study sought to determine whether they had received the vaccine within the last 180 days or if they had received it at all, and also observed whether any blood clots emerged shortly after vaccination. A significant association with Behcet’s syndrome, Raynaud’s disease, and type 1 diabetes was observed at first, but further assessment showed no significant association with HPV vaccine exposure as there was no temporal relationship. How often do you counsel on HPV vaccines? Have your patients ever expressed concerns about its safety?

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