HPV vaccination not linked to multiple sclerosis

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Vaccination against HPV does not increase a woman's risk of developing multiple sclerosis or similar diseases, a study of nearly 4 million women shows.

James Gathany, CDC

Getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, is not associated with developing multiple sclerosis, a new study shows. The results, published January 6 in JAMA, do not support concerns from case reports that HPV vaccination may cause multiple sclerosis and similar diseases, the researchers write.

A separate study released January 6 in Pediatrics also showed that infants had no increased risk of developing arthritis, meningitis, encephalomyelitis, Kawasaki disease and other illnesses after being vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella.

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