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Gynecology

Vaccines

Gardasil is a new vaccine against HPV, a causative agent for cervical cancer. GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. Offered to women ages 9-26 years. Below is a reprint from Merck Health Care.

  • About GARDASIL®
  • Who should get Vaccinated with GARDASIL?
  • GARDASIL Does More
  • 3 Doses for Protection
About GARDASIL®

GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.

GARDASIL also helps protect girls and young women ages 9 to 26 against 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases.

GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

Who should get Vaccinated with GARDASIL?

GARDASIL is for females and males ages 9 to 26. When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, females are only half the equation. Males can get vaccinated, too. Like other vaccines, GARDASIL works to help prevent illness. GARDASIL works when given before there is any contact with the relevant HPV types. Girls and boys as young as 9 can get vaccinated.

If you are considering GARDASIL for your child, learn more here.

If you’re a young adult who is already sexually active, you may still benefit from GARDASIL. That’s because even if you have been exposed to HPV, you may not have been exposed to the types of the virus covered by this HPV vaccine. GARDASIL could still help protect you against the relevant HPV types to which you haven’t been exposed.

Your doctor or health care professional (or your child’s) can help you understand more.

GARDASIL Does More

GARDASIL does more than help prevent cervical cancer; it protects against other HPV diseases, too. GARDASIL is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.

GARDASIL also helps protect girls and young women ages 9 to 26 against 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases.

3 Doses for Protection

GARDASIL is given in 3 doses over 6 months. If you’ve already gotten your first dose of GARDASIL and want to be reminded about your next second (or you want to be reminded about your child’s next second), we can help.


Learn More About GARDASIL

Ask Your Doctor


One of your best sources of information about human papillomavirus (HPV) and GARDASIL is your doctor or health care professional. Be sure to ask any questions you have. These questions can be a great way to get the conversation started.


Things to Discuss


  • Why get vaccinated now?
  • Why vaccinate against 4 types of HPV?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • If I’m already sexually active, is it too late?

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