As a parent, you know that nothing is more important than the safety of your child and protecting him or her from illness or injury. You make sure your child has a healthy diet. You get the right gear to protect him or her from sports injuries. You take your child to the doctor for regular checkups. But what about helping to protect your child from certain diseases caused by HPV?
There are about 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital area. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 14 million new genital HPV infections* in the United States each year. It is estimated that approximately 50% of them occur in 15- to 24-year-olds.
HPV is a widespread virus that affects most people in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But for others who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer in females and anal cancer in males and females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus.
*Number represents about 40 genital HPV types, not just HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18
GARDASIL is a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, 70% of vaginal cancer cases, and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases. In males and females ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against about 80% of anal cancer cases and 90% of genital warts cases.
GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.
Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.
The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional.
Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child.
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.
Please read the Patient Information for GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] and discuss it with your child’s doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.