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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