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Is It Normal For Your Arm To Swell Up After Getting The Gardasil Shot
Yes: This is part of the side effects reported with this shot. If severe and red the see your primary care doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
I recently got a HPV or gardasil shot in my left arm. It has now been two days and symptoms of a reaction have developed. Please help!
My daughter is 13. She received her 3rd gardasil shot about 2wks ago. She has a knot in her arm, diarrhea & cramps.?
Injection infection: It sounds like she has an infection at the site of injection and is overdue for a visit to the doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
I got the Gardasil shot a month ago and my arm still has moderate pain with limited mobility. Should I be concerned and should I visit a doctor?
Very unusual: Injection site pain can occur with any shot, including Gardasil and other vaccines, but should clear up in a few days; unusual to last this long. What does "limited mobility" mean? Because it hurts to move the arm? Conceivably you have a bacterial infection in that area. See the doctor who gave the shot. (If it was first Gardasil dose and nothing serious is found, it's time for your second dose.)See 1 more doctor answer
I had my last gardasil vaccine 2 months ago. No complications. Now I have a lump on my arm that hurts to touch and move my arm. Should I be concerned?
Infection?: If the lump is exactly at the site of the vaccine injection, maybe it is a delayed infection or other reaction to the shot. This sort of thing is rare but could happen. If the lump is anywhere else, probably it has nothing to do with the vaccine. See a doctor soon if the area continues to enlarge or becomes more tender; if any redness; or if you have fever.
Usually, yes.: Any vaccine can make your muscles sore in the area -- a sharp pointy object has been stuck into them, and fluid is put in a space where there hadn't been any. Massaging the area, using warm compresses, and doing easy arm exercises helps to work 'kinks' out. Gardasil protects against a virus that causes cancer, so the benefits outweigh any side effects. If area reddens or swells, see your doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
A no-brainer: A vaccine that prevents a potentially fatal cancer, and that keeps you from transmitting the cause of that cancer to others...Who's wouldn't want that?
Rotator cuff tear: Highly unlikely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection.See 1 more doctor answer
Can you still get HPV before getting the 3rd Gardasil shot? Do the shots work even if TA more time than the recommended wait time between them?
Yes: Keep in mind the vaccine covers certain strains and it is possible to get a strain that is not covered, or you may not respond to the vaccine as well. The time frame is fine as long as it is longer than recommended
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!
No relationship: Just because the Gardasil shot prevents infection by viruses that cause genital warts and some cervical cancers doesn't mean Gardasil has any effects on menstrual periods, pms, sex, pregnancy, etc... The vaccine has no relationship to menstrual periods. The shot is given in the arm, and the antibodies are made by the immune system to offer protection throughout the body, not just at the genitals.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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