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Gardasil information

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus you may not know too much about—but you should. HPV will affect an estimated 75 to 80 per cent of males and females in their lifetime.

For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear certain types, HPV could cause significant consequences: cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in females. Other types could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.  

Who should get vaccinated with Gardasil?
Protection with Gardasil isn’t just for women anymore. It’s for men too!!

Gardasil is for females and males ages nine to 26.  Like other vaccines, Gardasil works to help prevent illness. Gardasil works when given before there is any contact with the relevant HPV types.  

If you're a young adult who is already sexually active, you may still benefit from Gardasil. That's because even if you have been exposed to HPV, you may not have been exposed to the types of the virus covered by this HPV vaccine. Gardasil could still help protect you against the relevant HPV types you haven't been exposed to.

Your doctor or health-care professional can help you understand more. Call the Campus Health Centre at 905.721.3037. 

Gardasil does more

Gardasil does more than help prevent cervical cancer.  Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. It is a serious condition that can be life threatening. 

Gardasil is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against:

  • Four types of HPV;
  • Two types of HPV that cause about 75 per cent of cervical cancer cases; and
  • Two more types that cause 90 per cent of genital wart cases.

Three doses for protection

Gardasil is given in three doses over six months. If you already got your first dose of Gardasil and want to be reminded about your next two, visit Gardasil’s website.   

 Important safety information

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients in Gardasil, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. Gardasil is not for women who are pregnant. The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting Gardasil. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health-care professional 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 professional. 

For more information, visit Gardasil’s website.