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What Happens If I Only Get One Gardasil Shot
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
After receiving one gardasil shot, i had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should i get the additional doses?
Yes: Yes, that is a normal reaction and you should continue the three shot series at 2 months and 6 months after the first one. ...Read more
Hi, i'm almost 25 years old, i had my first two gardasil HPV shots in 2008. Do I have to get the last one? Is it a must? I'm married and i only had 1 sex partner in my life and i'm not going to have more, he is healthy and me too.
You : You have some protection from the first two shots and the third would boost that protection. If you are married and have only one sex partner, you will only be exposed to what (if anything) he carries. If he has latent infection with herpes or human pappiloma virus, you probably would have it by now anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 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. ...Read more
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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