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Normal Reaction To Gardasil Shot
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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).See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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 18See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.
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