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Doctor insights on: Effectiveness Of Only One Gardasil Shot

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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?

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?

Not that I know of: Should be fine, I don't know of any vaccines that interact w/alcohol. That being said, make sure to drink responsibly! ...Read more

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Gardasil work after one shot?

Gardasil work after one shot?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks 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. ...Read more

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What happens if you only get one gardasil shot and refuse the other two?

What happens if you only get one gardasil shot and refuse the other two?

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

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What will happen if you only get one gardasil shot and do not take the other two?

What will happen if you only get one gardasil shot and do not take the other two?

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

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If I am exposed to HPV after one month of my first shot of gardasil, will I get hpv?

If I am exposed to HPV after one month of my first shot of gardasil, will I get hpv?

Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection. ...Read more

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After receiving one gardasil shot, I had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should I get the additional doses?

After receiving one gardasil shot, I had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should I get the additional doses?

Advise caution: 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.

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.

Yes: The recommendation is to get all three hpv vaccinations so you are protected from the most harmful hpv viruses. Please get the third dose so you will be protected. You don't know what the future will bring and it is best to be all the way protected! ...Read more

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Is the gardasil shot painful?

Is the gardasil shot painful?

Varies: All vaccines may cause some local discomfort, some more than others. Gardisil may have a higher number of patients with sore arms. This side effect is certainly better than developing cancer! be wise and immunize! ...Read more

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Who should get the gardasil shot?

Who should get the gardasil shot?

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

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Where do you get the gardasil shot?

Where do you get the gardasil shot?

Usually in the arm: I suppose you could ask for it to be given somewhere else, but it is usually given in the upper arm. ...Read more

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What are risks of the gardasil shots?

Minor pain...: ...at the injection site is the only known side effect. It typicallly is gone in a couple of days. Except in the very rare instance in which someone has had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine, almost all young people should be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What is the gardasil shot for for men?

What is the gardasil shot for for men?

Prevents Cancer: A vaccine to prevent acquisition of certain strains of human papilloma virus (hpv). Hpv is a sexually transmitted disease that is the sole cause of cervical cancer in women and the cause of other cancer in men such as anal, penile or throat cancer. ...Read more

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How painful is the first gardasil shot?

How painful is the first gardasil shot?

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

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Should I the gardasil shot when im sick?

Should I the gardasil shot when im sick?

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

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What are the views on the gardasil shots?

What are the views on the gardasil shots?

Great potential: It is a safe, low risk vaccination that has great potential benefit in the primary prevention of hpv, which is a cancer-causing virus. You should make every effort to get vaccinated and educate others about it. ...Read more

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What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

Possibly nothing: You may not feel anything. Possible side effects from Gardasil include pain/redness/ swelling at the injection site, fever, headache or fainting. I have not seen abdominal pain listed as a side effect from gardasil. ...Read more

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Can I take Gardasil 2nd dose one week earlier?

Can I take Gardasil 2nd dose one week earlier?

Yes: As long as at least one month has elapsed from the first dose. ...Read more

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Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

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

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How long after first gardasil shot is it effective?

How long after first gardasil shot is it effective?

Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks 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. ...Read more

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Is there a difference among the three gardasil shots?

Is there a difference among the three gardasil shots?

No: 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

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I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

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

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I never finished my gardasil shot. Could I still finish?

I never finished my gardasil shot. Could I still finish?

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

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What to do if I feel really sick after my gardasil shot?

What to do if I feel really sick after my gardasil shot?

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

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If you get the shot gardasil can you still have children?

If you get the shot gardasil can you still have children?

Of course: If Gardasil prevented you from having children, it would not have been approved by the fda! ...Read more

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What happens if one don't get the last two dosage of the gardasil?

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

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Can the age at which you get the gardasil shot affect what kind of complications you might get?

Can the age at which you get the gardasil shot affect what kind of complications you might get?

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

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If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

Yes: Most of the time women don't know exactly which hpv type they are infected with. In addition, women often clear hpv infection all by themselves! For these reasons, you should be vaccinated regardless of hpv status since you still may derive some benefit from the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it okay to miss a gardasil shot by a few days?

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