3-DOSE FAQs:

Below, you’ll find answers to some common questions parents have about getting vaccinated with GARDASIL. If you don’t find an answer here, simply add your question to our list of important things to ask your child’s doctor in our Talk to Your Child’s Doctor section.

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Each vaccine is closely studied in clinical trials to determine the number of doses needed. For GARDASIL, the series of 3 doses given over 6 months offers the best protection against certain types of HPV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an immunization schedule that includes a 3-dose series for HPV vaccination.

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.

The duration of protection of GARDASIL has not been established.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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Why does my child need to get all 3 doses?

Completing the series of 3 doses is the only way to get the full benefits of GARDASIL, which can help protect against about 75% of cervical cancer cases and about 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.

The duration of protection of GARDASIL has not been established.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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Does my child need to get all 3 doses from the same doctor?

If your child is unable to get all 3 doses from the same doctor or health care professional, you can take him or her to another doctor or clinic. But make sure you let the doctor or clinic know how many doses of GARDASIL he or she received and when. This is to help ensure that your child’s vaccination records are kept up-to-date and accurate.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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How long does it take to complete the 3-dose series?

GARDASIL gives your son or daughter the best protection when given in 3 doses on time over 6 months. Ideally, the vaccination schedule should be:

  • Dose 1: at a date you and your child’s doctor health care professional choose.
  • Dose 2: 2 months after dose 1.
  • Dose 3: 6 months after dose 1.

This dosing schedule will allow you to plan appointments ahead so you can fit them into your schedule.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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What happens if my child misses a dose of GARDASIL?

If your child has missed his or her next dose of GARDASIL, don’t panic. Call your child’s doctor or health care professional, who will decide when to give the missed dose. Completing the series of 3 doses is the only way to get the full benefits of GARDASIL, which can help protect against approximately 75% of cervical cancer cases caused by HPV Types 16 and 18 and about 90% of genital warts cases caused by HPV Types 6 and 11.

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.

The duration of protection of GARDASIL has not been established.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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What if I’m having trouble finding the time to take my child back for the next dose?

Most doctors allow follow-up vaccination visits with a nurse that can take less time than full check-ups. So ask your son or daughter’s doctor or health care professional if a nurse-only appointment is an option for your child’s remaining doses. The reality is your child’s schedule is only going to get busier as he or she gets older. Taking the time now to go back for the remaining doses of GARDASIL is one more way you can help protect your child against about 75% of cervical cancer cases caused by HPV Types 16 and 18 and about 90% of genital warts cases caused by HPV Types 6 and 11.

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.

The duration of protection of GARDASIL has not been established.

For more information on GARDASIL, talk to your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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