Gardasil: HPV Vaccine
GARDASIL® (also known as Quadrivalent HPV [Types 6, 11, 16, 18] Recombinant Vaccine) is a vaccine indicated in girls and women 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical cancer, precancerous or dysplastic lesions, and genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 6, 11, 16 and 18 (which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts).
This HPV Vaccine does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening, and women who receive it should continue to undergo screening per standard of care.
Dosage and Administration
GARDASIL should be administered in 3 separate intramuscular injections in the upper arm over a 6-month period with the first dose at an elected date, the second dose 2 months after the first dose, and the third dose 6 months after the first dose.
The HPV Vaccine is not intended to be used for treatment of active genital warts; cervical cancer; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, or vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia.
The vaccine-related adverse experiences that were observed among recipients of GARDASIL at a frequency of at least 1.0% and greater than placebo were pain, swelling, erythema, fever, nausea, pruritus, and dizziness.
Many insurance companies are paying for the vaccine. Please call your individual insurance company to confirm.
Important Information About GARDASIL
HPV Types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and HPV Types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts cases.
GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone and does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it is important to continue regular cervical cancer screenings.
Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.
GARDASIL will not treat cervical cancer and genital warts, and will not protect against diseases caused by other HPV types.
GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months and can cause pain, swelling, itching, and redness at the injection site, fever, nausea, and dizziness.
Only a doctor or healthcare professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for you or your daughter.
Read the Patient Product Information for GARDASIL. This information does not take place of talking with your doctor or healthcare professional about GARDASIL. If you have any questions about GARDASIL, ask your doctor or healthcare professional.
Check out the CDC’s HPV Vaccine FAQ website.