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...


Frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to questions weʼve heard from parents just like you. While we hope the answers to these questions will be helpful, itʼs important to talk to your childʼs doctor or health care professional for more information about HPV and GARDASIL 9. In addition, you can read the Patient Information or the Prescribing Information for GARDASIL 9.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12, but it may be given as early as 9 years of age.

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Exposure can happen with any kind of adolescent experimentation that involves genital contact with someone who has HPV — intercourse isn't necessary, but itʼs the most common way to get the virus. Because HPV often has no signs or symptoms, anyone can get the virus without even knowing it and then pass it on.

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Cervical cancer can be caused by certain types of HPV. When a female is infected with these types of HPV, and the virus doesn't go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in the cervix. If these abnormal cells are not found early through routine cervical cancer screening and treated, then cervical cancer can develop.

Many females with cervical cancer were probably exposed to cancer-causing HPV types in their teens and early 20s.

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Yes. Males can get HPV, too. In fact, HPV can cause anal cancer and genital warts in males.

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Yes. GARDASIL 9 is indicated for girls and women ages 9 to 45 as well as boys and men ages 9 to 45.

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Approximately 3 out of 4 people will get genital warts after having any kind of genital contact with someone who has genital warts.

Treatment for genital warts can be painful (for example, freezing or applying medicine to the warts) and, even after treatment, genital warts can come back. In fact, approximately 25% of all cases return within 3 months. Talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional to learn more.

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No. There are currently no available medicines that treat HPV infection. For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don't clear the virus, HPV could cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in females, and anal cancer and genital warts in both males and females. It's important that you learn about HPV and its link to certain cancers before your son or daughter is exposed to the virus. Talk to your child's doctor or health care professional to learn more.

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No. 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. As with many vaccines, the time for vaccination is before your child is exposed to the virus.

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Who should not get GARDASIL 9

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

What are the possible side effects?

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 getting GARDASIL 9. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff.

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If your child has already gotten GARDASIL, talk to your childʼs doctor or health care professional to see if GARDASIL 9 is right for him or her.

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No. It is not possible to get HPV or any disease caused by HPV from GARDASIL 9.

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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.

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There are more than 40 genital HPV types. However, HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 cause the majority of HPV-related cancers and diseases in males and females.

GARDASIL 9 is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against certain cancers and diseases caused by these 9 types of HPV.

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 is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. GARDASIL 9 may be given as 2 or 3 shots.

For persons 9 through 14 years of age, GARDASIL 9 can be given using a 2-dose or 3-dose schedule. For the 2-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 6–12 months after the first shot. If the second shot is given less than 5 months after the first shot, a third shot should be given at least 4 months after the second shot. For the 3-dose schedule, the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.

For persons 15 through 45 years of age, GARDASIL 9 is given using a 3-dose schedule; the second shot should be given 2 months after the first shot and the third shot should be given 6 months after the first shot.

The appropriate dosing schedule will be determined by your childʼs health care professional.

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Yes. Pap tests will play a key role in protecting your daughterʼs health as she gets older, since GARDASIL 9 does not protect against all types of HPV. Pap tests are proven to help save lives by looking for abnormal cells in the cervix.

Your daughterʼs doctor or health care professional can tell you when your daughterʼs first Pap test should be. In the meantime, itʼs never too early to teach your daughter good health care habits.

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The time to get vaccinated is before exposure to HPV.

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.

For more information on GARDASIL 9, talk to your childʼs doctor or health care professional.

In 2006, GARDASIL was approved for use in the US and helps protect against 4 HPV types—6, 11, 16 and 18. In 2014, GARDASIL 9 was approved for use in the US and helps protect against the same 4 types covered by GARDASIL and 5 additional types (31, 33, 45, 52, and 58).

Efficacy and effectiveness of GARDASIL are relevant to GARDASIL 9 since the vaccines are manufactured similarly and contain the same 4 HPV types (6, 11, 16, and 18).

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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.