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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. ...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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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. ...Read more