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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. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardasil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. It will not protect you against agents not in the vaccine. ...Read more
Is gardasil safe for a 36 year old? I read a lot of side effects of the vaccine online, some led to death. Should i still get the vaccine?
Not recommended: CDC recommends vaccination for women under age 26 and men under age 21. ...Read more
No: The Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine does not cause constant nausea and vomiting. Such symptoms should be evaluated by a primary care doctor to see what the real cause is, such as a stomach virus infection, strep throat, medicine effects, toxin effects, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Update: As of now in 2017 the new Gardasil 9 has added material that helps you develop antibodies against 5 additional strains of HPV that brings to 7 the cancer associated strains covered. As cited by Dr.Lopez, this is only helpful if given before exposure to the strains involved. Even though the vaccine helps, it will never eliminate the need to do periodic pap smears to detect early cervical cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter has not had a period in years and I attribute this from Gardasil as I have also read this is happening to many young women.
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
Depends: When the first dose is given, there is some evidence of immunity within 3 months. However, it is important to get all three doses according to the appropriate schedule in order to get complete protection. The best time to get the vaccine is in the early teens before the patient has had any sexual activity. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer