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what is gardasil vaccine used for?

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Dr. Alissa Zenack
22 years experience Pediatrics
HPV Vaccine: Gardasil is a vaccine against human papilloma virus. Hpv is one cause of cervical cancer. The vaccine is given to girls and boys age 9-26 years of age. Hpv is transmitted through exchange of body fluids including semen and vaginal secretions. All 3 doses should be completed prior to any sexual activity.
Answered on Mar 7, 2019
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
33 years experience Pediatrics
Regarding HPV vaccine (Feb. 2019) in the US: Gardasil is a vaccine for preventing cancers caused by papilloma viruses (HPV). In 2006 Gardasil vaccine prevented 4 virus strains and was approved for women ages 9-26. It was approved for men ages 9-26 in 2009. Gardasil in 2014 was expanded to prevent 9 virus strains to cover over 90% of cervical cancers, genital warts, and also men’s HPV cancers. In 2016 children’s dosing was lowered from 3 doses to 2 doses if completed before age 15 years. In October 2018 Gardasil was approved for adults all the way up through age 45. In the US, 36 women are newly diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each day. Twelve women die from cervical cancer every day. Gardasil is safe, like the other typical childhood vaccines. Because cancers take a couple of decades to show up, decreasing cervical cancer rates in the US may start appearing after another 5 years or so.
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