Information about Gardasil

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Gardasil (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus –Types 6, 11, 16, 18- Recombinant Vaccine)

What is Gardasil and what is it used for?
Gardasil is a vaccine (injection/shot) that helps protect against the following diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Types in the vaccine (6, 11, 16, and 18):

  • Cervical cancer (cancer of the lower end of the uterus)
  • Abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions
  • Abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions
  • Abnormal and precancerous vulvar lesions
  • Genital warts

Key information:

  • Gardasil can help to prevent the diseases, but will not treat them.
  • There are more than 100 HPV types; Gardasil helps to protect against 4 types (6, 22, 16, and 18). These 4 types have been selected for Gardasil because they cause approximately 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
  • Gardasil works best when given before the person has had any contact with certain types of HPV (i.e., HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18).

Who can receive Gardasil?

  • Girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26 for the prevention of cervical cancer, cervical precancerous lesions, vulvar precancerous lesions, vaginal precancerous lesions and genital warts.
  • Boys and men between the ages of 9 and 26 for the prevention of genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11.
  • Gardasil is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

How is Gardasil given?
In order for the vaccine to be effective a person has to receive three injections.

  • First dose: at a date you and your health care professional choose.
  • Second dose: 2 months after the first dose.
  • Third dose: 6 months after the first dose.

What are the possible side effects?

  • Pain, swelling, itching and redness at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Fainting

Fainting can occur after vaccination, most commonly among adolescents and young adults. Although fainting episodes are uncommon, patients should be observed for15 minutes after they receive the HPV vaccine.
Allergic reactions may include difficulty breathing, wheezing, and hives. A nurse should be paged immediately, if a patient is calling with any of the fore mentioned problems.

Will Gardasil help if one already has the Human Papillomavirus?
One may benefit from Gardasil even if they are already infected with HPV. This is because most people are not infected with all four types of HPV contained in the vaccine. In clinical trials, individuals with current or past infection with one or more vaccine–related HPV types prior to vaccination were protected from disease caused by the remaining vaccine HPV types. However, Gardasil is not intended to treat the above mentioned diseases.

Who is at risk for Human Papillomavirus?
In 2005, the CDC estimated that at least 50% of sexually active people catch HPV during their lifetime. A male or a female of any age who takes part in any kind of sexual activity that involves genital contact is at risk. Many people who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms. This means that they can pass on the virus to others and not know it.

What is HPV (Human Papillomavirus)?
HPV is a common virus. There are many types of HPV; some cause no harm. Others can cause diseases of the genital area. For most people the virus goes away on its own. When the virus does not go away, it can develop into cervical cancer, precancerous lesions, or genital warts, depending on the HPV type.

Can patients receive a free Gardasil vaccine?
Patients who do not have insurance may qualify to receive the Gardasil vaccination for free. However, patients should discuss this option with the center prior to their appointment as an application has to be filed with the medicine’s distributor and the patient has to be pre-approved prior to the injection. Both males and females may qualify for this program. If approved, the patient would be responsible for a brief office visit fee and an injection fee, but the serum would be provided free of charge.

Please call us to schedule your Gardasil injection at 847-255-7474.