Should my daughter get the Gardasil shot?

What should I do? The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is now recommended for girls and boys both. It will help to protect them from HPV-related cancers and genital warts. The vaccine has the best chance of protecting against infection if a person gets the series of shots before becoming sexually active.

Can Gardasil cause birth defects?

Congenital anomalies were one issue of concern during the FDA’s review of the vaccine last year. In its clinical trials, Merck reported five cases of birth defects among women who received the vaccine within 30 days of conception.

What are the long term side effects of Gardasil?

Can the HPV vaccine cause long-term (chronic) conditions?

  • chronic fatigue syndrome (sometimes called ME)
  • complex regional pain syndrome.
  • postural tachycardia syndrome.
  • premature ovarian failure.
  • Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome.

Why is HPV vaccine not recommended in pregnancy?

Can pregnant women get the vaccine? The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. Studies show that the HPV vaccine does not cause problems for babies born to women who were vaccinated while pregnant, but more research is still needed.

Is the HPV vaccine live?

Vaccination against HPV cannot cause cancer, but it can prevent certain cancers by preventing infection with the types of HPV responsible for them. The vaccine contains particles that mimic HPV, but they are not live virus and cannot cause infection.

Is Gardasil a live vaccine?

The vaccine does not contain any live virus, or even killed virus or DNA from the virus, so it cannot cause cancer or other HPV-related illnesses. When the vaccine is given, the body makes antibodies in response to the protein to clear it from the body.

Should I get Gardasil?

Who should get the HPV vaccine? All people ages 9 to 45 can get the HPV vaccine to protect against genital warts and/or different types of HPV that can cause cancer. It’s recommended that children get the vaccine at age 11 or 12, so they’re fully protected years before they become sexually active.

Is HPV vaccine mandatory?

As of April 2020, at least four jurisdictions (Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) require HPV vaccination for school attendance. Hawaii will require the vaccine starting July 1, 2020.