MVEC director Professor Nigel Crawford spoke to the Australian Associated Press FactCheck team, addressing claims made about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9.

It has been claimed that the HPV vaccine can damage the ovaries and that is has been withdrawn from use in the United States. AAP FactCheck deemed this claim false.

Prof Crawford confirmed there is no evidence to support the claim that the HPV vaccine causes damage to the ovaries. The claim stems from a longstanding myth that the vaccine is associated with premature ovarian failure (POF). “The timing of the HPV vaccine around puberty (12-13 years) has led to some of these concerns (about POF) being raised”, Prof Crawford said.

Prof Crawford further confirmed there is no evidence to support claims that the HPV vaccine is linked to seizures.

AAP Factcheck: No evidence of link between vaccine and ovary damage