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Dr. Thomas Broker, founder of the International Papillomavirus Society, says the vaccine is safe. Source: WBRC video Dr. Thomas Broker, founder of the International Papillomavirus Society, says the vaccine is safe. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The controversy over an HPV vaccine is back in the news after two Wisconsin sisters sue, claiming it caused infertility.

Gardasil is recommended for girls and boys to prevent certain cancers and genital warts caused by HPV or human papillomavirus. The FDA and CDC say it's safe but two Wisconsin sisters disagree.

Twenty-year-old Madelyne Meylor and 19-year-old Olivia believe the HPV vaccine caused their ovaries to stop producing eggs and they've filed a federal claim.

"People are looking for somebody to blame," Dr. Thomas Broker said of the suit.

Broker stands by the safety of the vaccine. He's the founding president of the International Papillomavirus Society.

Broker says there's no reason to believe it causes infertility.

"The vaccine is spectacularly safe and effective. It's been used in millions and millions of people around the world with essentially no unexpected or unusual, abnormal or serious affects," Broker said.

He says the most common side effect is a sore arm from the injection. He says the report of ovarian failure caused by the vaccine is the first since it was approved in 2006.

"The fact that it's two sisters presumably vaccinated at different times, different batches, yet later coming down with same problems suggests very much it was likely a genetic bases of that disease," Broker said.

But the two sisters told a Wisconsin newspaper that genetic tests for possible causes of the infertility were negative.

The drug's maker Merck and Company says there's no evidence that the vaccine caused the condition in the two women.

Dr. Broker is hoping the allegations don't scare the public.

"The greatest social good will come from people getting the vaccine, protecting their children," Broker said.

This case will be heard by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

We posted this story on Facebook, there's been a lot of response. There are several people who say they've gotten the vaccine and had no problems. Others who say they won't get the HPV vaccine for their children because of the allegations.

Yet another person said there's not enough information out there about the side effects.

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