What important information about GARDASIL should I know?
You should continue to get routine cervical cancer screening.
GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone who gets the vaccine.
GARDASIL will not protect against HPV types that you already have.
Who should not get GARDASIL?
You should not get GARDASIL if you have, or have had:
an allergic reaction after getting a dose of GARDASIL.
a severe allergic reaction to yeast, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, polysorbate 80.
What should I tell my health care provider before getting GARDASIL?
Tell your health care provider if you:
are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
have immune problems, like HIV infection, cancer, or you take medicines that affect your immune system.
have a fever over100 F (37.8 C).
had an allergic reaction to another dose of GARDASIL.
take any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter.
Your health care provider will help decide if you should get the vaccine.
Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after you get GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your health care provider.
What are the possible side effects of GARDASIL?
The most common side effects with GARDASIL are:
pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site
Tell your health care provider if you have any of the following problems because these may be signs of an allergic reaction:
Tell your health care provider if you have:
swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin)
unusual tiredness, weakness, or confusion
generally feeling unwell
shortness of breath
bad stomach ache
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
Contact your health care provider right away if you get any symptoms that concern you, even several months after getting the vaccine.
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