What is Gardasil?

Gardasil is an HPV vaccine, the first FDA-licensed vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by certain types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV). The Gardasil vaccine protects against four types of HPV (types 6, 11, 16, 18) that are responsible for 70% of cervical cancers.


Then What is Gardasil 9?

In addition to the four Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types in the original Gardasil HPV Vaccine (6, 11, 16, and 18), the new Gardasil 9 covers 5 more HPV types, 31, 33, 45, 52 & 58. The 9 HPV types is estimated to contribute to 90% of cervical cancer worldwide. These 9 HPV types also cause premalignant lesions and cancers affecting the cervix, vulva and anus, and genital warts (Condyloma acuminata).


Who Should Receive the Gardasil and Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccines?

The Gardasil and Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccines are recommended for girls as young as 9 years of age. Ideally, the vaccine should be administered before the onset of sexual activity. However, females who are already sexaully active may also benefit from vaccination.


Is the Gardasil and Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccines Safe?

The Gardasil HPV Vaccine was licenced in June 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its use. It has also been tested in over 11,000 females in many countries around the world. The vaccine was found to be safe and caused no serious side effects.

The Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine has also been licenced from 2014 bye FDA for its various uses.

You should discuss individual concerns with your doctor before receiving the vaccination.


How Should I get the Gardasil or Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccines?

The Gardasil or Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccines should be delivered through a series of three injections over a six-month period. The second dose is given 2 months after the first dose, and the third dose is given 4 months after the second dose.


Can I get Gardasil 9 if I have already gotten Gardasil?

If you have already gotten Gardasil, talk to your doctor to see if Gardasil 9 is right for you.


Is Gardasil More Suitable for Me than Cervarix?

There is currently no extensive research to compare the effectiveness of Gardasil against Cervarix for the protection of cervical cancer. In addition to cervical cancer, Gardasil is also shown to be effective in preventing vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, and genital warts. On the other hand, studies also show that the antibodies level may be higher in women who received the Cervarix vaccine.

In general, both HPV vaccines are effective in protection against around 70% of cervical cancers in young women.

You should discuss individual concerns with your doctor before receiving the vaccination.


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