Study nixes link between HPV vaccine, autoimmune diseases

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Takeaway
  • The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is not associated with an increased risk for autoimmune diseases (AD).
Why this matters
  • Unsupported safety allegations may hinder vaccine uptake, which is already low.
Study design
  • This is a prospective case-referent study of 478 definite cases of AD matched with 1869 referents.
  • Cases at specialized centers in France were females aged 11-25 y with incident ADs (2008-2014).
  • Multivariate logistic regression was used to calculate ORs after controlling for family history of ADs, living in France (north/south), co-medications, and co-vaccinations.
  • Funding: GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals...