Gardasil® (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus [Types 6, 11, 16, and 18] Recombinant Vaccine) is a vaccine that can help prevent certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, including those responsible for many cases of cervical cancer.
In addition to helping prevent cervical cancer, it may prevent vaginal and vulvar cancers, genital warts, and other conditions caused by certain types of HPV. Recently, the vaccine was also approved to prevent anal cancer, as well as precancerous anal lesions, in males and females age 9 to 26.
The vaccine is given as a series of three injections. In clinical studies, commonly reported side effects of Gardasil included:
- Reactions at the injection site.
(To learn more about the vaccine's uses, benefits, and warnings, click Gardasil.)