Cervical Cancer Vaccine "Burns," But Genital Warts Burn More

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Gardasil, the which helps prevent cervical cancer, is the subject of several complaints from the young women who have received it. "It burns!" whines 18-year-old Lauren Fant, and according to the AP, the burning is worse than with other kinds of shots. "Some teens say it's uncomfortable driving with or sleeping on the injected arm for up to a day after getting the shot." Many teens are also fainting after receiving Gardasil, but it's unclear whether they're passing out from nerves or the fear of needles as opposed to the relative sting of the vaccine. As someone who has received two out of the three prescribed Gardasil shots so far, I think these girls need to suck it up! Sure, my arm ached for a day or two following the shot, but it's a shot! Did these nancy adolescents think that it would be like sunshine and lollies flowing out of that syringe?

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These girls better get used to the sting anyway, since reports from last fall show that Gardasil might not be permanently effective, and some researchers are suggesting a vaccine booster after the ten year mark. As my mom would say: if you think Gardasil stings, try childbirth. There's never really any good comeback to that one.

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Ouch! Cervical Cancer Shots Painful [Associated Press]

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To quote "Friends" on the subject of needles.

[Scene: Tattoo parlor. Rachel is showing Phoebe her tattoo.]

PHOEBE: Oh that looks so good, oh I love it.

RACHEL: I know, so do I. Oh Phoebe, I'm so glad you made me do this! OK, lemme see yours.

PHOEBE: Ahh. OK, let's see yours again.

RACHEL: Phoebe we just saw mine, let me see yours.

PHOEBE: Oh OK. [pulls over her shirt and shows a bare shoulder] Oh no, oh it's gone, that's so weird, I don't know how-where it went.

RACHEL: You didn't get it?

PHOEBE: No.

RACHEL: Why didn't you get it?

PHOEBE: I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

RACHEL: Phoebe, how would you do this to me? This was all your idea.

PHOEBE: I know, I know, and I was gonna get it but then he came in with this needle and uh, di-, did you know they do this with needles?

RACHEL: Really? You don't say, because mine was licked on by kittens.