Gynecology >> GARDASIL

GARDASIL is a vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of human papillomavirus (HPV):

  • 2 types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases,
  • and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases.

GARDASIL is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26.

GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.

GARDASIL does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts.

GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

The side effects can include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting.

GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, and does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important to continue routine pap smears. 

If you're already sexually active, you may still benefit from GARDASIL. That's because even if you have been exposed to HPV, it's unlikely that you have been exposed to all the types of the virus covered by this cervical cancer vaccine. That means GARDASIL could still help guard you against HPV types you haven't been exposed to.

You cannot get HPV or any disease caused by HPV from GARDASIL. That's because there is no live virus in the vaccine.

Have questions? Read more about HPV, and ask you health care provider today.

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