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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What happens if you only get one gardasil shot and refuse the other two?

What happens if you only get one gardasil shot and refuse the other two?

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.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Rixt Luikenaar Dr. Luikenaar
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
University of Groningen Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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.

Yes: The recommendation is to get all three hpv vaccinations so you are protected from the most harmful hpv viruses. Please get the third dose so you will be protected. You don't know what the future will bring and it is best to be all the way protected!

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What happens if one don't get the last two dosage of the gardasil?

What happens if one don't get the last two dosage of the gardasil?

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.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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If I am exposed to HPV after one month of my first shot of gardasil, will I get hpv?

Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection.

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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After receiving one gardasil shot, I had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should I get the additional doses?

After receiving one gardasil shot, I had a fever of 100 degrees and general malaise for a week. Should I get the additional doses?

Advise caution: I do not recommend this vaccine. It causes many serious side effects and has absolutely no proven long-term benefits. See http://bit. Ly/1jt2sbv ; http://bit. Ly/1ofvaxc ; http://bit. Ly/1fuwcsn ; http://bit. Ly/1fzm6ub ; http://bit. Ly/1ki0xr5 ; http://bit. Ly/1qciftd.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

Why can't women over 26 get the gardasil shot?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

I never had my last gardasil shot. Can I still get it?

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.

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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If you get the shot gardasil can you still have children?

If you get the shot gardasil can you still have children?

Of course: If Gardasil prevented you from having children, it would not have been approved by the fda!

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can the age at which you get the gardasil shot affect what kind of complications you might get?

Can the age at which you get the gardasil shot affect what kind of complications you might get?

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.

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Dr. Christopher Dougherty Dr. Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Sathish Adigopula Dr. Adigopula
Pediatrics
16 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Stanley Medical College
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How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

Binge drinking: Binge drinking is unsafe in any condition. No contraindications between alcohol and hpv vaccine. Drink safely and responsibly. Drinking for the sake of getting drunk is unsafe.

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How do I go about convincing teens to get gardasil shots?

How do I go about convincing teens to get gardasil shots?

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?

Dr. Christopher Powers Dr. Powers
Obstetrics & Gynecology
19 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Can I get the gardasil shot if I'm pregnant?

Can I get the gardasil shot if I'm pregnant?

Yes and no: There is no evidence at this time of fetal harm from gardasil, and there probably never will be as it's not a live vaccine, but the manufacturer recommends waiting until after you deliver before starting the series.

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Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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How old do you have to be to get the Gardasil shot for HPV? I'm only 19.

Here are. ..: Gardasil (for 6, 11, 16 &18 strains) has been recommended for males of 9-15 yrs and for females of 9-26 yrs as proved in June 2006 in the US.

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Dr. Brian Enggano Dr. Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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When getting the gardasil shot, do you have to get the shots within a certain period of time?

When getting the gardasil shot, do you have to get the shots within a certain period of time?

Yes: There is a schedule for the Gardasil vaccine. You get the first dose, then get the second dose 2 months after the first dose, and finally the third dose 6 months after the first dose. 3 shots total.

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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos Dr. Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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