A new vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus has been approved by the FDA, but its side effects are not yet known.
Several doctors in Yakima are already prescribing the vaccine for women younger than age 26 to protect against four strains of HPV -- the virus which is known to cause more than 70% of cervical cancers...
Deborah Brown, a Physician Assistant at the Cornerstone Medical Clinic, says the only side effects she has seen are minor allergic reactions from the shot itself -- like soreness, itching and fever. But she says the vaccine has been successful and she will continue to recommend it.
Brown says "any vaccine that helps prevent a disease that can eventually or possibly kill you, is something that we should take advantage of."
And therefore, Brown says she recommends the vaccine because doctors innoculate newborns against Hepatitis B, which is also a sexually transmitted disease. She says it has less to do with sexual activity, and more with preventing cancer.