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Effectiveness Of Only One Gardasil Shot
Are there any interactions between Gardasil and alcohol? Does alcohol reduce Gardasil's effectiveness? Can I drink the same day I get the last shot?
Partial protection: Because the research studies were done with 3 doses of Gardasil, it is not known how much antibody protection, and for how many years, a person would have with just one shot. There should be some protection. New studies are being done, especially for developing countries (due to the high cost of the vaccine), to see if just one or two doses are adequately protective. ...Read more
Poor protection: The protection created by series vaccines like Gardasil are tested & confirmed to provide a satisfactory level of protection for many years only when the series is completed. Failure to complete the series will result in some who are not protected or whose protection disappears over time. The series can be resumed with an extended delay & still yield benefits. ...Read more
Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection. ...Read more
After receiving one gardasil shot, I had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should I get the additional doses?
I do not recommend this vaccine. It causes many serious side effects and has absolutely no proven long-term benefits. See
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Hi, I'm almost 25 years old, I had my first two gardasil HPV shots in 2008. Do I have to get the last one? Is it a must? I'm married and I only had 1 sex partner in my life and I'm not going to have more, he is healthy and me too.
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
Same as any vaccine: Gardasil is a newer vaccine and is as safe as the meningitis, hepatitis, or flu shots. Gardasil has similar side effects, too. Some people get mild arm soreness, slight fever or headache, etc... Gardasil is an anti-cancer vaccine (in the U.S., 3000-4000 women die each year from cervical cancer, now a vaccine-preventable disease). ...Read more
Depends: For most, a minor illness will not alter the benefit of getting the shot as it will seek out and stimulate a part of your immune system not active with your illness. If you feel bad enough that you don't want to get out and get it done I would just do it when you are feeling better. ...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
All three doses of Gardasil are the same
Gardasil, protects against four HPV types (6, 11, 16, and 18), is approved for use by females aged 9-26 to help prevent cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva; genital warts, and anal cancer. It's also approved for males aged 9-26 to help prevent genital warts and anal cancer. A second type is Cervarix which Cervarix targets HPV types 16 and 18 ...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
Protection delay: It takes the body time to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. You can complete the shot series later if you don't do it on a strict schedule, but some have a hard time getting insurers to cover the cost after the age 26. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Common reactions to the Gardasil HPV vaccine include local swelling and reactions and sometimes fever. Fainting is also reported. The vaccine is a very important one to help prevent cervical cancer but major adverse reactions may be a contraindication to receiving it again. You should speak with the doctor/office who gave the shot directly. ...Read more
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 more
No: The age that the vaccine is given does not appear to affect the side effects. At this point, I have read that over 35 million doses have been administered with no discernible issues. ...Read more
Vaccinations: Nope. Not in any way. You will be just fine. ...Read more
I heared some who got their shot of gardasil had health probs and some lead to death? Is it really safe?
Safe vaccine: Contrary to what your hearing, Gardasil is an excellent and safe vaccine. ...Read more
Yes: The vaccination schedule is 3 shots at 0, 2, and 6 months. If you miss your scheduled shot by 1-2 days it's ok. Just schedule a visit with your doctor as soon as possible to complete the vaccination series. ...Read more
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