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Gardasil is an FDA licensed vaccine that was introduced into the modern world of medicine in 2006. It is an injection given to women to help prevent 4 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which may cause 2 types of cervical cancer. It is currently being recommended for women to receive during the ages of 11-26, because Gardasil is most effective when injected in women who have not had contact with HPV. However, please note that there are numerous forms of HPV and Gardasil does not protect against all of them.
Gardasil is an injection that is given in 3 separate doses over the span of 6 months. It is important to receive all 3 doses of Gardasil to be fully protected. Each dose costs roughly $125 ($375 for all 3). Most large insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine, but be sure to call the number on the back of your insurance card to check with your carrier beforehand.
This vaccine does have some side effects including, pain, bruising, swelling and redness at the injection site, nausea, fever, headache, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Please note that with side effects you may have one, all, or none of these symptoms. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have more severe reactions to the injection including difficulty breathing or a rash. These side effects could indicate an allergic reaction. It is not advisable to get the Gardasil shot while pregnant, if you are dealing with immune system problems, or have a fever.
Research on Gardasil is still being conducted regarding its effects on women over 26 and men. Currently, the injection is not being given to those who fall within these categories. It is also recommended that even if women do receive this vaccine they continue to keep regular gynecology appointments. Call or make an appointment with your family doctor to determine if Gardasil would be beneficial for you.
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