What is Gardasil?

Gardasil is a vaccine that helps to prevent and protect against the risk of disease caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 only. It does not fully protect against HPV since there are at least 100 different strains of HPV. HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18 were selected since they cause about 75 percenty of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts. The vaccine is not a substitute for routine pap smears.

Who is a candidate for the vaccine?
Gardasil is given to girls ages 9-26 years, preferably prior to their first sexual activity.

How is the vaccine given?
Gardasil is an injection given in 3 doses. Following the 1st dose, the 2nd dose is given two months later and the 3rd dose is six months after the 1st dose.

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