Gardasil vaccine is now available to girls ages 9 through 26 for protection against four types of human papillomavirus (HPV). These four HPV types are responsive for 70 – 90% of all cases of cervical cancer and abnormal pap smears. This very safe and effective vaccine is now available at Sievers Medical Clinic.
Who should receive Gardasil?
Gardasil is for girls ages 9 through 26. Vaccination is recommended for girls as young as 9 because Gardasil works when given before there is any contact with the four HPV types. It is most effective at providing lifetime immunity when given during childhood.
How is Gardasil given?
This vaccine is given in 3 separate injections over a 6 month period.
What are the possible side effects of Gardasil?
Most girls and women tolerate this vaccine very well. The most commonly reported side effects are pain, swelling, itching, or redness and the injection site, mild fever, nausea, or dizziness.
Who is at risk for HPV?
In 2005 the CDC estimated that at least 50% of sexually active people catch HPV during their lifetime. A male or female of any age who takes part in any kind of sexual activity that involves genital contact is at risk. Most people who have HPV have no signs or symptoms of the infection. This means that they can pass on the virus to others and not know it.
What if I have already been exposed to HPV?
Gardasil cannot offer protection from HPV after a person has become infected. However, few people are infected with all four types of the virus and Gardasil can still offer protection against further infection with the other types of HPV.
Do women still need pap smears if they have been vaccinated with Gardasil?
Yes, all women still need to visit their healthcare provider for a yearly check up and follow the recommendations for Pap smear testing.
Can I get HPV from Gardasil?
Because there is no live virus in this vaccine you cannot get the infection from receiving Gardasil?
Can Gardasil be given to men?
At this point Gardasil is only approved for use in girls and women ages 9 through 26. No clinical trials have been conducted with men.
How can I get Gardasil?
To find out if Gardasil is right for you or your child schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider today. It is helpful if you contact your healthcare insurance provider prior to appointment to find out if Gardasil is covered by your plan, but we can assist you in the process.
Is Gardasil a required vaccination for girls?
No, this vaccine is not currently are requirement for school or daycare participation. It is however recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Centers for Disease Control.