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Doctor insights on: Gardasil Medication

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How does the new medication gardasil help treat HPV and cancer?

How does the new medication gardasil help treat HPV and cancer?

Doesn't treat it: Gardasil is a vaccine which includes strains of the virus known to cause hpv & related cervical, vaginal, anal & throat cancers. If given prior to infection, the body develops protective levels of antibodies. These antibodies will stop the germ from infecting you if exposed later. The vaccine does nothing to treat anyone after they have the germ in their system or have a related cancer. ...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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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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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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When does gardasil start working?

When does gardasil start working?

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

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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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How long does gardasil take to work?

How long does gardasil take to work?

Gardasil: For the hpv vaccine to work best, it is very important for preteens to get all 3 doses (shots) long (over 6 months) before any sexual activity with another person begins. ...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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When does gardasil start being effective?

When does gardasil start being effective?

Within 3-4 wks: Antibody production takes some time, but is usually available in immune competent people within 3-4 wks. ...Read more

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How soon after getting gardasil am I safe?

How soon after getting gardasil am I safe?

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

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How long does it take gardasil to kick in?

How long does it take gardasil to kick in?

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

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How long does it take for gardasil to work?

How long does it take for gardasil to work?

Gardasil: Any vaccine takes two to four weeks to induce antibodies for protection. It will be the same for gardasil. However, immunity will be stronger after the second dose and total protection will be attained after the third dose. Hope that helps. ...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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Do the benefits of gardasil outweigh the risks?

No one knows 4 sure: This is controversial. The vast majority of doctors feel the answer is yes, but there are no research studies that really assess this so any answer is theoretical. Gardasil only protects against some strains of HPV. 90% of HPV infections resolve within 2 years. Pre-cancerous cervical lesions can be detected and cured. Safe sex prevents. The vaccine has real risks. See http://tinyurl. Com/q2qwk5a ...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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Gardasil injection late for 3 weeks still effective?

Yes: A delay of a few weeks or months in the 3 shot series will not stop the booster effect from happening. ...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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How long could gardasil take before going into effect?

About 6 months: You get some benefit in about 4 weeks, but it would take until you get the 3rd shot, 6 months after the 1st shot, to get the full immunity. ...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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Who can get gardasil? Can you be too young to get gardasil?

Who can get gardasil? Can you be too young to get gardasil?

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 more

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How long should I wait to get the third gardasil injection?

How long should I wait to get the third gardasil injection?

4 months after 2nd: 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. Some doctors wait until girls are teens before giving the vaccine, as that is when sexual activities often begin. The second shot is 2 months after the first, and the third shot is 4 months after the second. ...Read more

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Is gardasil recommended for men and what are its advantages?

Is gardasil recommended for men and what are its advantages?

Gardisil for men: Yes it is recommended for boys and girls and men and women
it is given to prevent human papiloma virus infection in men and women, as this can be passed by sexual intercourse.This vaccine prevent cancer of cervix in women and certain mouth cancers in men and women as well. ...Read more

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How long after getting gardasil before I have adequate immunity?

How long after getting gardasil before I have adequate immunity?

After the 1st one: However, the best immunity is by getting all three vaccinations, at 0, 2, and 6months. ...Read more

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Can you explain why there is a specified age range for gardasil?

Can you explain why there is a specified age range for gardasil?

Age of sex exposure: 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. Most genital area HPV infections are from sexual contact. Researchers had to pick an age range, so they picked the years in which people are more likely to have sex with several people, prior to marrying and becoming monogamous. ...Read more

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Can gardasil provide protection before all 3 injections are done?

Can gardasil provide protection before all 3 injections are done?

Yes: You will start to develop an antibody response after the first dose but this will not be sufficient to give you maximum protection. It is important to complete the series of three doses. If you miss a dose you do not have to start over. You just get the dose you missed and continue on the course. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of getting only the first dose of gardasil?

Transient protection: You might acquire a few months or years of protection, but it would fade over time. Long term immunity would only be assured if the series were completed. ...Read more

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

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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I want to know what is the difference between gardasil and cervirax?

I want to know what is the difference between gardasil and cervirax?

HPV types 6 and 11: Both vaccines protect against hpv types 16 and 18, which cause 70% of all cervical cancers. The main difference is that Gardasil protects against hpv types 6 and 11 as well, which cause 90% of genital warts. Also, Cervarix is only approved for females, whereas Gardasil is approved for both males and females. ...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