HPV Virus Vaccine Approved for Males and Females

GARDASIL® is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 of the most prevalent strains of HPV (they are numbered 6, 11, 16 & 18) in males and females. HPV types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts cases in males and females. HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for 75% of cervical cancer cases, 70% of vaginal cancer and 50% of vulvar cancer.

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Approved for Females 9-26 Years OldThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved GARDASIL® for the use in girls and women in 2006. In 2009 the FDA approved the use of GARDASIL® in boys and men, ages 9 through 26.

The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), recommends that the GARDASIL® vaccine be administered routinely to girls 11 to 12 years of age. This was in order to encourage vaccination before initiation of sexual activity. HPV is spread by skin to skin genital contact and sexual intercourse doesn’t need to happen to contract HPV.Gardasil Approved for Males 9-26

Vaccines work best when given before exposure to an illness. That is why GARDASIL® is administered to girls and boys as young as 9 years old. Clinical trials indicated a greater immune response in girls ages 10 to 15 compared to young women ages 16 to 25.  Additional research is being done.

Since GARDASIL® prevents infection against only a few types of cervical cancer-causing HPV, regular Pap tests are still recommended for early detection of precancerous cells. GARDASIL® is typically administered in three doses over six months. The recommended schedule is the first dose, followed by the second dose after two months, with the final dose at six months.

If someone has already been exposed to HPV, the vaccine could still protect against the relevant HPV types to which they haven’t been exposed.

GARDASIL® is not recommended for anyone that is allergic to the ingredients in GARDASIL® including those who are severely allergic to yeast. The vaccine is not for women who are pregnant.

Before you get the GARDASIL® vaccine, it’s important that you tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant, if you have immune system problems like HIV, cancer, or take medicines that could affect your immune system, have a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, if you had a previous allergic reaction to GARDASIL® and if you are taking any medications, even ones you can buy over the counter.

Is GARDASIL® Safe?

The following paragraph is taken from the Centers for Disease Control website:

Based on ongoing assessment of vaccine safety information, FDA and CDC continue to find that GARDASIL® is a safe and effective vaccine. FDA and CDC continue to monitor the safety of this vaccine with the public’s health and safety our top priority. Read the full report.

What are the Side Effects?

Side effects from GARDASIL® include: pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and fainting. Adolescents are susceptible to fainting after a vaccination. Because of this, there is a danger of falling and injury. After receiving GARDASIL® your health care professional should have you sit or lie down for 15 minutes before getting up.

Visit the GARDASIL® website for complete information.

As with all treatments and preventions, please discuss the options and potential risks with your doctor.