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Earliest Age To Get Gardasil
Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 years for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more
May help,coverage? : The target group for the Gardasil shot are those never exposed to hpv, as early as 9yo. The benefit may remain for anyone at any age who is sexually active, but insurance plans may only cover age groups listed as the target groups by the cdc or council on immunization practices. The vaccine is expensive, in excess of $150/dose before it gets into my office so some balk at paying out of pocket. ...Read more
Depends: The vaccine is likely effective for anyone with a mature and competent immune system.Your listed age is 43, and that should apply. However, the original FDA approval was for age 9-26, and many health insurers will not cover this outside this age range.It is an expensive vaccine, requiring more than 20 years to develop and assemble the data to get FDA approval. ...Read more
Ages 9-26 years: Gardasil is a vaccine to prevent cancers and warts caused by 4 strains of hpv virus. It is approved for females ages 9-26 years. Recently, it got approved for males also. Since most genital area hpv infections are from sexual contact, girls younger than age 9 don't need the vaccine yet. Some doctors wait until girls are teens before giving the vaccine, as that is when sexual activities can begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Approval vs works: Medications & vaccines are tightly regulated by the fda & the petition for approval & use for a specific product follows the paperwork required. The company comes up with a target age group & must collect data how effective it is in that age range for review & approval is granted for an age range. The vaccine likely works well from early childhood to old age, but the extra cost isn't worth it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The way it works: The pattern for the HPV vaccine was defined over more than 20 years of testing before it was approved for use. To get long term benefit ( many years ) you must get the 3 doses.After 1 dose, you may have some benefit for a year or so, the company didn't release that data but don't expect any long term benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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