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Who can get gardasil? Can you be too young to get gardasil?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Ages 9-26 years
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. Since most genital area hpv infections are from sexual contact, girls younger than age 9 don't need the vaccine yet. Some doctors wait until girls are teens before giving the vaccine, as that is when sexual activities can begin.

In brief: Ages 9-26 years
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. Since most genital area hpv infections are from sexual contact, girls younger than age 9 don't need the vaccine yet. Some doctors wait until girls are teens before giving the vaccine, as that is when sexual activities can begin.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Robert Kwok
2015 update: The original Gardasil protects against 4 HPV strains. A new Gardasil that adds protection against 5 more cancer-causing strains of HPV, to protect against a total of 9 HPV strains, will be available this year. This new version of the vaccine is called Gardasil 9.
Dr. Robert Kwok
2015 update: The original Gardasil protects against 4 HPV strains. A new Gardasil that adds protection against 5 more cancer-causing strains of HPV, to protect against a total of 9 HPV strains, will be available this year. This new version of the vaccine is called Gardasil 9.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Approved > 9
Development, testing and approval of a vaccine like Gardasil takes decades & an investment of millions of dollars.
As the vaccine becomes ready for human use, the developer must identify a target population (age, sex.Condition) & gather safety & effectiveness data & apply to the fda for licensure. The vaccine may be effective if given to infants, but the cost & delay to get the data was not pursued.

In brief: Approved > 9
Development, testing and approval of a vaccine like Gardasil takes decades & an investment of millions of dollars.
As the vaccine becomes ready for human use, the developer must identify a target population (age, sex.Condition) & gather safety & effectiveness data & apply to the fda for licensure. The vaccine may be effective if given to infants, but the cost & delay to get the data was not pursued.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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