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What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a common virus. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 20 million people in the
United States had this virus. There are many different types of
HPV; some cause no harm. Others can cause diseases of the
genital area. For most people, the virus goes away on its own.
When the virus does not go away, it can develop into cervical
cancer, precancerous lesions, or genital warts, depending on the
HPV type. See “What other key information about GARDASIL should
What is GARDASIL and what is it used for?
GARDASIL is a vaccine (injection/shot) that helps protect
against the following diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Types in the vaccine (6, 11, 16, and 18):
• Cervical cancer (cancer of the lower end of the uterus or
• Abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions.
• Abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions.
• Abnormal and precancerous vulvar lesions.
• Genital warts.
GARDASIL helps prevent these diseases – but it will not treat
You or your child cannot get these diseases from GARDASIL.
Who can receive GARDASIL?
GARDASIL is for girls and women, boys and men ages 9 through 26.
See “Who should not receive GARDASIL?” below.
Who should not receive GARDASIL?
• is allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. A list
of ingredients can be found at the end of this leaflet.
• has an allergic reaction after getting a dose of the vaccine.
What other key information about GARDASIL should I know?
• Vaccination does not substitute for routine cervical cancer
screening. Females who receive GARDASIL should continue cervical
• As with all vaccines, GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone
who gets the vaccine.
• GARDASIL will not protect against diseases due to non-vaccine
HPV types. There are more than 100 HPV types; GARDASIL helps
protect against 4 types (6, 11, 16, and 18). These 4 types have
been selected for GARDASIL because they cause approximately 70%
of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
• This vaccine will not protect you against HPV types to which
you may have already been exposed.
• GARDASIL also will not protect against other diseases that are
not caused by HPV.
• GARDASIL works best when given before you or your child has
any contact with certain types of HPV (i.e., HPV types 6, 11,
16, and 18).
How is GARDASIL given?
GARDASIL is given as an injection.
You or your child will receive 3 doses of the vaccine. Ideally
the doses are given as:
• First dose: at a date you and your health care professional
• Second dose: 2 months after the first dose.
• Third dose: 6 months after the first dose.
Make sure that you or your child gets all 3 doses. This allows
you or your child to get the full benefits of GARDASIL. If you
or your child misses a dose, your health care professional will
decide when to give the missed dose.
GARDASIL is now available for females and males age 9-26 at the Portage
County Health Department
• Free for Medicaid or
• Call 330-296-9919 for current price
If you would like more information, please talk to your health
care professional or visit www.gardasil.com .
Issued October 2006
Manufactured and Distributed by: MERCK & CO., Inc.
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, USA
Visit this link for more information: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vaccine/hpv/hpv-faqs.htm
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