The HPV vaccine GARDASIL helps protect against HPV, the human Papillomavirus, which is estimated to infect up to 80% of people in the United States over their lifetimes.
For most people, the virus clears on its own with no symptoms or consequences. They may contract the virus and pass it on without even knowing it. For others, HPV can lead to genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva, and there is no way to predict who will be affected.
That’s why the providers at the Cheyenne Women’s Clinic recommend girls and young women ages 9 to 26 be vaccinated against HPV. The vaccine was recently approved for women ages 27 to 45 as well. If you fall into that category and are interested in the vaccine, talk to your provider.
The GARDASIL vaccine helps protect against nine types of HPV that cause:
It also helps protect against two strains of HPV that cause 90% of genital warts cases.
The GARDASIL vaccination against HPV is provided in two or three doses within six months. It helps protect against genital warts and some cancers, but doesn’t treat them, and isn’t a guarantee against future cancer. For more information on the benefits of receiving the vaccine, call 307.637.7700 to make an appointment to talk to one of the providers at the Cheyenne Women’s Clinic today.