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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!

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!

Local reaction: Reactions at the site of injection occur with some frequency with almost any vaccine. If this continues to enlarge, be red and tender or if you have any symptoms such as fever or chills, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I got my first gardasil shot 2 weeks ago. I still have a very hard lump at the injection site, and hurts to touch. Is this normal?

I got my first gardasil shot 2 weeks ago. I still have a very hard lump at the injection site, and hurts to touch. Is this normal?

See your doctor: It is normal to feel a hardening of the skin (lump) for up to several weeks after an injection; however, any tenderness associated with the shot should have already resolved. We need to be concerned about infection at the site or other possible complications. Recommend seeing your doctor to have the area examined. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have late period when having a gardasil shot?

Is it normal to have late period when having a gardasil shot?

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. ...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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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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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