HPV Vaccine – Gardasil
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that is spread by direct skin contact and causes cervical cancer and genital warts. It has also been associated with less common cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, penis, oral cavity, and throat.
Who should be vaccinated?
The CDC recommends that boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 12 should be vaccinated. The FDA has approved the use of Gardasil 9 for use in men and women from age 9-45. Current research indicates that vaccination has caused a sharp reduction in infection, genital/anal warts, and precancerous lesions in over a dozen countries. You should not be vaccinated if you are pregnant, have an allergy to yeast, or are ill.
What side effects does it have?
It may cause mild redness, pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. Fainting may happen. Please discuss with your provider to decide whether Gardasil is right for you.