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can the gardasil shot give you genital warts or infect you with those strains hpv? please explain how vaccine works

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: The preset Gardasil 9 vaccine was >2 decades in development & features material derived from antigens (proteins) taken from killed virus strains. They are combined in the lab using DNA technology into a product that can trigger the human immune system to develop antibodies that will block infection from future exposure. They cannot give you warts or non-wart strain infection.
Answered on Sep 8, 2020
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Dr. James Ferguson
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It cannot either treat a prior infection or trigger an outbreak. Outbreaks are spontaneous events that may or may not ever occur. It is a feature common to that family of viruses.
Jan 25, 2019

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