The Gardasil dosage is the same for individuals age 9 to 26, regardless of sex, weight, or age. Gardasil is given as a series of three injections over six months. In order for Gardasil to work properly, you have to get all three injections. Your healthcare provider will give you the injections in the muscle in your upper arm or upper thigh.
An Overview of Gardasil DosingThere is only one dose of Gardasil® (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus [Types 6, 11, 16, and 18] Recombinant Vaccine) for people age 9 to 26, regardless of weight or age. Gardasil is given as a series of three injections:
- First injection: at any time
- Second injection: two months after the first dose
- Third injection: six months after the first dose.
- Gardasil is given as an injection into the muscle in your upper arm or upper thigh. Your healthcare provider will give you the Gardasil injections.
- If you are late for a Gardasil injection, call your healthcare provider to schedule your next injection as soon as you remember. You do not need to "start over" with the three-injection series if you are late for a Gardasil injection.
- Your healthcare provider might want to wait until later to give you a Gardasil injection if you are ill. However, you can still get a Gardasil injection if you have a mild fever or a mild upper respiratory infection (such as a cold).
- For Gardasil to work properly, you have to get all three injections. Gardasil will not work as well if you do not get all three injections.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Gardasil, please talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.