Information about GARDASIL 9

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GARDASIL 9 helps protect individuals ages 9 to 45 against the following diseases caused by 9 types of HPV: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females, and anal cancer and genital warts in both males and females. GARDASIL 9 may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL 9 does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for girls to get routine cervical cancer screenings later in life. GARDASIL 9 does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL 9 may be given as 2 or 3 shots. For persons 9 through... GARDASIL 9 helps protect individuals ages 9 to 45 against the following diseases caused by 9 types of HPV: cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in...


How Is GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) Given? How Is GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) Given?

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How is GARDASIL 9 given?

Completing all doses is important to get the best protection

There are 2 dosing schedules for GARDASIL 9. The schedule your child will need may depend on his or her age. Your health care professional will determine which schedule is right for your child.

Age Doses Schedule
For children 9–14 years

2* doses

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 6-12 months after the first shot

or

3 doses

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 2 months after the first shot

3rd shot: 6 months after the first shot

For children 15–18 Years

3 doses

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 2 months after the first shot

3rd shot: 6 months after the first shot

For children 9–14 years

Doses

2* doses

Schedule

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 6-12 months after the first shot

Doses

or 3 doses

Schedule

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 2 months after the first shot

3rd shot: 6 months after the first shot

For children 15–18 Years

Doses

3 doses

Schedule

1st shot: Today

2nd shot: 2 months after the first shot

3rd shot: 6 months after the first shot

*If the second shot is given earlier than 5 months after the first shot, your child will need to get a third shot at least 4 months after the second shot was given.

†The need to use a 3-dose schedule instead of a 2-dose schedule will be determined by your health care professional.

Speak with your doctor to see if GARDASIL 9 is right for your child. Your child may only need an appointment with a nurse to complete the HPV vaccination series. Check with your doctor to be sure.

Complete the HPV Vaccination Series

Complete the series to get the best protection

TIP:

When your child has his or her first shot, set an appointment for the next one. Then, if your child needs a third shot, schedule the final appointment. That way, it will be easier to keep track and complete the full vaccination series on time.

What happens if my child misses a dose of GARDASIL 9?

Don't panic. Call the doctor or health care professional, who will decide when to give the missed dose. Schedules may often be busy, but doctors may allow follow-up vaccination visits with a nurse that can take less time than full checkups. So ask the doctor if a nurse-only appointment is an option for the remaining doses.

When should my child get the HPV vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine HPV vaccination for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12, but it may be given as early as 9 years of age. A great way to make sure your child is vaccinated at the recommended age is to include GARDASIL 9 with other routine vaccinations.

GARDASIL 9 can be given at the same time as:

Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine]

Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]

The CDC recommends HPV vaccination for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12.

Studies show that there was more swelling where the shot was given when GARDASIL 9 was given at the same time as Menactra and Adacel.

Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)] are the trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.


 

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Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL 9 was not studied in women who knew they were pregnant.

The side effects include pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, and a lump where your child got the shot, headache, fever, nausea, and dizziness.