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Is it safe to take the second gardasil shot later than recommended?

Is it safe to take the second gardasil shot later than recommended?

Yes: The normal schedule is to get the first dose and then the 2nd 2 months later followed by the 3rd dose 4 months after that. Many patients miss a dose. If you miss a dose you just start where you left off. You do not need to start over. As long as you did not catch hpv during the time lapse the vaccine will still be equally as effective. ...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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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?

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 ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering if I took the vaccine gardasil for HPV in 2008 how long does it take to wear off and do I need to get another shot again?

Gardasil: If you received 3 shots og gardasil over a six month period you adequately protected. If you did not have three shots you will have to start again assuming you are under 26 years of age ...Read more

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Are there any doctors on here who have had patients take gardasil? This vaccine is very new to me even though its been around awhile, and I am not shore if its a safe bet to try. Have yet to be diagnose w/ any type of STD yet so as far as i know I am in

Are there any doctors on here who have had patients take gardasil? This vaccine is very new to me even though its been around awhile, and I am not shore if its a safe bet to try.

Have yet to be diagnose w/ any type of STD yet so as far as i know I am in

I'm : I'm a pediatrician, and judging from your question you are in the over 18 category! but, i just wanted to add a little to the great answer given by dr. Alvin bay lin. In pediatrics, we do routinely recommend Gardasil (against human papillomavirus) to both boys and girls. All hpv vaccines thus far are licensed for 9 - 26 year olds, as mentioned, and in pediatrics we typically target the 11 or 12 year old visit to give this. It is very important to have this shot administered before a child or adult is sexually active to have an effect; once a person is infected with a certain strain of hpv the vaccine will not help prevent that infection. Gardasil is specifically licensed to protect against 4 types of hpv - 2 which can cause genital warts and 2 which can cause cervical or penile cancer. There are other products on the market that only protect against 2 strains; in my state the vaccines for children program is covering Gardasil specifically so that is what we use. These shots need to be given at 0, 2 and 6 months (at a minimum) and they cost ~ $300 per shot in our state, so i definitely recommend parents have their children vaccinated before they are too old to be covered by the parent's (or medicaid) insurance. Side effects for this vaccine have been mild - like any other shot, you can have redness, swelling and pain at the site of the shot. There have been reports of slightly higher rates of fainting in our teenage girls! (i probably would have been in that group myself as a teenager). But most people do very well with this shot. If i assume you did have genital warts, then the chances are you are already exposed to at least one strain of hpv; this means the Gardasil vaccine may not be as effective in you as compared to others, but then it also could mean you're preventing three other types of hpv infection! so, in general, i would recommend it if you were my teenage patient! finally, for the adult women, it's important to remember that just because you get the Gardasil vaccine, you don't get out of the annual pap smear! it's important to have this screening done as recommended by your ob/gyn or general doctor. Good luck with the decision! sincerely - dr. Marney gundlach. ...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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