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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.

 

GARDASIL 9 SAFETY & SIDE EFFECTS

Facts about safety and side effects.

HPV vaccination can help reduce your child’s risk of certain HPV-related cancers later in life.

But as a parent, you might be wondering if there are risks associated with the HPV vaccine itself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors the safety of the HPV vaccine during the post-licensure period.

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

Safety Information for GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant)
Who Should Not Get GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant)?

Who should not get GARDASIL 9?

Your child should not get GARDASIL 9 if they have or have had an allergic reaction to:

  • A previous dose of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]
  • Yeast (severe allergic reaction)
  • Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate
  • Polysorbate 80

Your child’s doctor will help you decide if your child should get the HPV vaccine.

 

What should my child’s doctor know before giving GARDASIL 9?

Make sure to tell your child’s doctor if your child:

  • Has immune problems, like an HIV infection, cancer, or if your child takes medicines that affect the immune system
  • Has a fever over 100°F (37.8°C)
  • Has had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL
  • Takes any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter
Can My Child Get GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) With Other Vaccines?
 

Can my child get GARDASIL 9 with other vaccines?

GARDASIL 9 can be given at the same time as the following vaccines, which are routine for 11- to 12-year-olds:

  • 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.

 
 

What are the most common side effects of GARDASIL 9?

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

Fainting can happen after getting an HPV vaccine. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s doctor may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL 9. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. For this reason, your child getting GARDASIL 9 may need additional treatment from their doctor.

Contact your child’s doctor right away if any of these symptoms concern you.

For a more complete list of side effects, ask your child’s doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


 

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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.