Gardasil® - Protect yourself against Cervical Cancer

GARDASIL® is the only cervical cancer 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.

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL®, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL® is not for women who are pregnant. GARDASIL® does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts.

GARDASIL® may not fully protect everyone, and does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL® will not protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV.

The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. GARDASIL® is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL® is right for you or your daughter.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gardasil®

If I get vaccinated, do I still need to get Pap tests?

Yes. Vaccination with GARDASIL® does not take the place of Pap tests. You should always follow your doctor or healthcare professional's advice on getting Pap tests.

Pap tests have been proven to help save lives. A Pap test looks for abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix before they have the chance to become pre-cancers or cervical cancer.

And since GARDASIL® does not protect against all types of HPV, Pap tests will still be an important part of taking control of your health—and taking care of yourself.

If I'm already sexually active, is it too late for me to get vaccinated?

No, it's not. Only your doctor or healthcare professional can tell you if GARDASIL® is right for you. But, 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 4 types of the virus covered by GARDASIL®.

Getting vaccinated now could help guard you against HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18 if you are exposed to them in the future.

Could I get HPV or any disease caused by HPV from GARDASIL®?

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

Instead, GARDASIL® contains a protein that helps the body's immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are proteins found in your blood. They respond to foreign substances that may be a threat to your body. Antibodies are important to fight against diseases.

Why is GARDASIL® only for girls and young women ages 9 to 26?

GARDASIL® is only for girls and young women ages 9 to 26 because the clinical trials for GARDASIL® included females within this age group. GARDASIL® was initially studied in this age group because the majority of women who have HPV are exposed to it in their teens and 20s.

GARDASIL® works best when given before there is any contact with HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. That's why GARDASIL® is recommended for girls as young as 9 years old.

If you are older than 26, you may still be at risk for HPV, including Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. So, be sure to continue getting Pap tests as often as your doctor or healthcare professional recommends.

What if I'm late getting my second or third dose of GARDASIL®?

Ideally, your vaccination schedule should be:

  1. First dose: at a date you and your doctor or healthcare professional choose.
  2. Second dose: 2 months after the first dose.
  3. Third dose: 6 months after the first dose.

If you're a few days late getting your second or third dose of GARDASIL, don't panic. If you miss a dose, your doctor or healthcare professional will decide when to give the missed dose.

One way to make sure you're on time for your second and third doses is to make your follow-up appointments before you even leave your doctor's office. If you think e-mail or mail reminders will help you get your next 2 doses on time, we can help.

If HPV causes cervical cancer, why does GARDASIL® only protect against 70% of cervical cancer cases?

Here's why: Cervical cancer can be caused by about 10 to 30 types of HPV Genital HPV (human papillomavirus) About 30 types of HPV are known as genital HPV since they affect the genital area.

GARDASIL® does more than help prevent cervical cancer. The vaccine also helps guard against 2 types of HPV that cause genital warts Genital warts Genital warts are usually flesh-colored growths that are caused by certain types of HPV.

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