Boston Globe (Internet / Print) 05/29/06
Two similar vaccines developed to fight HPV have been studied for about a decade, and one, called Gardasil, is expected to win federal approval as soon as next week. Studies have shown both to be safe, and numerous experts say they would willingly get their own children vaccinated. “The initial trials with both HPV vaccine candidates have shown a very good safety profile," said Dr. Martin G. Myers, director of the National Network for Immunization Information, a nonprofit group of researchers. RotaShield, a vaccine developed to fight rotavirus -- the major cause of potentially life-threatening diarrhea in children -- appeared safe in early research. It was not until 1 million doses had been administered that a rare but serious intestinal complication was detected. “So it is not possible to state with certainty the likelihood of possible rare serious side effects at this time," said Myers, also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.