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What If Late For Gardasil Injection
Yes: A delay of a few weeks or months in the 3 shot series will not stop the booster effect from happening. ...Read more
4 months after 2nd: Gardasil is a vaccine to prevent cancers and warts caused by 4 strains of hpv virus. It is approved for females ages 9-26 years. Recently, it got approved for males also. Some doctors wait until girls are teens before giving the vaccine, as that is when sexual activities often begin. The second shot is 2 months after the first, and the third shot is 4 months after the second. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You will start to develop an antibody response after the first dose but this will not be sufficient to give you maximum protection. It is important to complete the series of three doses. If you miss a dose you do not have to start over. You just get the dose you missed and continue on the course. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
Hi I was wondering if I took the HPV injection Gardasil when I was 18 and now I'm 25 is it possible to have HPV warts? Because I have lesions not sure
Yes...but: There are 2 strains of wart producing HPV included in the vaccine & from these you should have protection, unfortunately there are at least 2 other strains associated with genital warts. If you didn't complete the full series, your benefit from the 1st dose may be gone. Your lesions may also be something other than HPV. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injection Site: The injection site shouldn't pain you longer than 3-4 days. If pain continues or if injection site is inflammed see you doctor ...Read more
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 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
Depends: When the first dose is given, there is some evidence of immunity within 3 months. However, it is important to get all three doses according to the appropriate schedule in order to get complete protection. The best time to get the vaccine is in the early teens before the patient has had any sexual activity. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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). ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
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