GARDASIL® Vaccine in Cincinnati, OH
The GARDASIL® vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect males and females against diseases caused by HPV (including cancers) when administered at the recommended age. For more information on recommended age groups, please review the information below. The GARDASIL® vaccine is administered in three injections over the course of six months, and all three doses are required in order to be fully protected. Board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel at Crescent Women’s Medical Group offer GARDASIL® Vaccine for patients in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio.
What Is The GARDASIL® Vaccine?
The GARDASIL® vaccine is a series of three injections administered over six months that protect against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, as well as genital warts. The GARDASIL® vaccine is highly effective and can prevent 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts.
When Should I Get The Gardasil Vaccine?
The GARDASIL® vaccine is recommended for youth between the ages of nine and 26 years old. Ideally, it should be administered BEFORE the start of sexual activity, but it can be helpful even for individuals who are already sexually active.
If I Get Vaccinated, Do I Still Need To Get Pap Tests?
Yes. The GARDASIL® vaccine does not replace Pap tests, an effective diagnostic technique that can detect abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix before they become more dangerous. All adult women should have regular Pap tests according to your age and lifestyle.
Pap tests help save lives by allowing early detection of potentially life-threatening conditions, such as cancer. Because the GARDASIL® vaccine does not protect against every strain of HPV, you will still require Pap tests to screen for potential dangers.
If I’m Already Sexually Active, Is It Too Late For Me To Get Vaccinated?
No. Our specialists can help you determine if the GARDASIL® vaccine is right for you. Young adults who are already sexually active may still benefit from the GARDASIL® vaccine since the vaccine covers four strains of the HPV virus and it is unlikely that you have been exposed to all four types during your youth. Vaccination as early as possible may protect you against HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18 if you should become exposed to them in the future.
Could I Get HPV Or Any Disease Caused By HPV From GARDASIL®?
No. You cannot contract HPV or any disease caused by HPV from the GARDASIL® vaccine because there is no live virus in the vaccine. Instead, GARDASIL® contains a protein that assists the body’s immune system in the production of antibodies, or proteins found in your blood that protect the body from foreign substances that may be a threat to your health. Antibodies are important agents in combatting diseases.
Why Is GARDASIL® Only For Girls And Young Women Ages Nine To 26?
The GARDASIL® vaccine is recommended for girls and young women between the ages of nine and 26 because the clinical trials for GARDASIL® were performed on girls and women within this age group. The research was initially focused on this age group because the majority of women with HPV are exposed to it during their teens and 20s.
The GARDASIL® vaccine is most effective when administered before the individual is exposed to HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. For this reason, the GARDASIL® vaccine is recommended for girls as young as nine years old.
Adults over age 26 may still be at risk for contracting HPV, including Types 6, 11, 16, and 18. So, it is important to continue your Pap tests as recommended by our team of specialists after assessing your particular lifestyle and risk factors.
What If I’m Late Getting My Second Or Third Dose Of GARDASIL®?
The recommended vaccination schedule is:
- First dose: at a date selected by you and our specialists.
- Second dose: two months after the first dose is administered.
- Third dose: six months after the first dose is administered.
If you’re a few days late for your second or third dose of GARDASIL® there’s no need to worry, just get the shot as soon as possible. If you miss a dose, our team will determine the best time to administer the missed dose.
To ensure that you schedule your second and third appointments in a timely manner, we recommend scheduling them before you leave our office. We are also happy to send e-mail or mail reminders to help you get your second and third doses when they are due.
If HPV Causes Cervical Cancer, Why Does GARDASIL® Only Protect Against 70 Percent Of Cervical Cancer Cases?
Cervical cancers are caused by approximately 10 to 30 types of HPV (human papillomavirus). About 30 types of HPV are known as genital HPV because they affect the genital area.
The GARDASIL® vaccine, in addition to helping prevent several types of cervical cancer, also protects against genital warts.
Crescent Women’s Medical Group, serving Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio, offers The GARDASIL® vaccine for girls and young women age nice to 26. Contact our office today if you have not yet been vaccinated against HPV and are in the appropriate age group for the GARDASIL® vaccine.