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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take Gardasil include the following:
  • Gardasil is an injection that your healthcare provider gives you.
  • The vaccine is given as a series of three injections:
    • First injection: At any time
    • Second injection: Two months after the first injection
    • Third injection: Six months after the first injection.
  • Gardasil is injected into muscle in the upper arm or upper thigh.
  • For the vaccine to work properly, you have to get all three injections. Gardasil will not work as well if you do not get all three injections.

Dosing Information

There is only one dose of Gardasil for girls and women age 9 to 26. The dose is not affected by age or weight.
(Click Gardasil Dosage for more information.)

Gardasil Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Gardasil. However, not everyone who gets the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
  • Reactions at the injection site, such as:
    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Redness
    • Itching
  • Fever
  • Upset stomach (nausea)
  • Dizziness.
(Click Gardasil Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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