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Discrepancies in the evaluation of the safety of the human papillomavirus vaccine


Discrepancies in how countries define and evaluate difficult-to-diagnose HPV vaccine complications may affect their conclusions about the vaccine’s safety. Japan and Colombia suspended their HPV vaccine recommendations after encountering a significant number of cases of complications; the fact that some cases were “rare” or “clinically undefined” did not sway their decision. There is a need for unbiased monitoring and reporting of adverse reactions to HPV vaccination “to ensure that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks of adverse reactions.

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