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Brachial neuritis, also referred to as neuralgic amyotrophy or Parsonage-Turner syndrome, is an extremely painful condition that results in intense muscle soreness and weakness. A person with brachial neuritis can suffer intense pain for a few hours or a few weeks. Residual low grade pain and weakness may last for up to a year.

Brachial neuritis is an extremely uncommon but potential side effect of Gardasil, which is administered to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infections cause virtually all types of cervical cancer, according to the National Cancer institute. The Gardasil shot can help prevent the spread of the HPV virus and ultimately save lives. There are very rare times when a severe Gardasil reaction may occur, however.

Parents who are considering the Gardasil vaccine for their child should discuss the benefits and risks with their doctor to make an informed decision.

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