It’s only natural for parents to have questions about vaccines. You should know that Merck, the manufacturer of GARDASIL 9, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitor the safety of the HPV vaccines. Below you’ll find information about the safety of GARDASIL 9.
SAFETY AND SIDE EFFECTS
SAFETY INFORMATION FOR GARDASIL 9
THE SAFETY OF A VACCINE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF ITS STORY.
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD’S DOCTOR OR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL KNOW BEFORE GIVING GARDASIL 9?
Make sure to tell your child’s doctor or health care professional if your child:
Has immune problems, like HIV infection, cancer, or if your child takes medicines that affect the immune system
Has a fever over 100°F (37.8°C)
Had an allergic reaction to another dose of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL
Takes any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter
Is pregnant or planning to get pregnant
WHO SHOULD NOT GET GARDASIL 9?
People should not get GARDASIL 9 if they have or have had an allergic reaction to:
A previous dose of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL
Yeast (severe allergic reaction)
Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate
Your child’s doctor or health care professional will help you decide if you or your child should get the vaccine.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF GARDASIL 9?
The most common side effects include pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, and a lump where your child got the shot, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sore throat. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL 9. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after your child gets GARDASIL 9. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. The health care professional may need to treat the person getting GARDASIL 9.
Contact your child’s doctor or health care professional right away if any of these symptoms concern you, even several months after your child gets the vaccine.
For a more complete list of side effects, ask your child’s doctor or health care professional.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call
No. It is not possible to get HPV or any disease caused by HPV from GARDASIL 9.