PRESCRIBED FOR: Gardasil is used for the prevention of infection with HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in girls and women 9 to 26 years of age.
Gardasil protects against cervical cancer (cancer of the lower end of the uterus or womb); abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions; abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions; abnormal and precancerous vulvar lesions; precancerous anal lesions and genital warts.
Gardasil does not treat active cervical cancer, active genital warts, or other active genital lesions caused by HPV.
Individuals with a compromised immune system will not respond as well to Gardasil as individuals with a normal immune system.
Women should continue cervical cancer screening even after receiving vaccination with Gardasil.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Gardasil are:
- mild or moderate pain,
- itching, and
- redness at the injection site.
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