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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, anal cancer, certain head and neck cancers, such as throat and back of mouth cancers and genital warts in both males and females. cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females, anal cancer, certain head and neck cancers, such as throat and back of mouth cancers 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.

 

FAQs ABOUT GARDASIL 9 & HPV

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions about how GARDASIL 9 helps protect your child from certain HPV-related cancers? Scroll through the list of common FAQs for answers, or ask your child’s doctor at their next visit.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors the safety of the HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine has been studied in both males and females.

For more information on GARDASIL 9, talk to your child’s doctor at their next wellness visit.

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While the HPV vaccine can be given as early as age 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12, at the same time as these other adolescent vaccines:

  • Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine]a
  • Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]a

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

a 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.

Learn more about why you should vaccinate your child at age 11 or 12 years.

If your child has already been vaccinated with GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor to see if GARDASIL 9 is right for them.

HPV can affect males too—with potentially serious consequences later in life, like certain HPV-related cancers, including certain head and neck cancers.

During 2012-2016 in the United States, certain throat and back of mouth cancers caused by HPV affected more males than females.a

aNot all throat and back of mouth cancers are caused by HPV.

Learn more about the HPV vaccine.

The ingredients are proteins of HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, yeast protein, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, and water for injection.

For more information on GARDASIL 9, talk to your child’s doctor.

Yes. The same GARDASIL 9 vaccine is given to both boys and girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine HPV vaccination for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12, but it can be given as young as 9 years of age.

Yes. Pap tests will play a key role in protecting your daughter’s future health. Pap tests look for abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix. If these abnormal cells aren’t found and treated, cervical cancer can develop.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women 21- to 29-years-of-age are screened every 3 years for cell abnormalities (Pap test).

For more information on GARDASIL 9, talk to your child’s doctor.

No. It is not possible for your child to get HPV or any cancers or diseases caused by HPV from GARDASIL 9.

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The link between HPV and cervical cancer was first discovered in 1983. It has since been linked to other types of cancer. Certain types of HPV are thought to be responsible for most cases of cervical cancer, which is estimated to be the third most common gynecological cancer in women in the United States in 2019.

HPV can be passed through adolescent sexual experimentation—not just intercourse—with someone who has the virus. And, since HPV often has no signs or symptoms, anyone who has the virus could pass it on without knowing it.

HPV can lead to certain cancers later in life, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and also certain head and neck cancers, such as throat and back of mouth cancers.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for others who don't clear the virus, it can cause certain cancers later in life. There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems.

Learn more about the importance of helping to protect your child from certain HPV-related cancers before they may be exposed.

No. There are currently no available treatments for HPV infection, but there are treatments for diseases caused by HPV.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause certain cancers later in life. There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems.

Talk to your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine, and how it can help protect them from certain HPV-related cancers.

 

 

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Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], 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 you got the shot, headache, fever, nausea, and dizziness. 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.