In girls and women aged 9 through 45, GARDASIL®9 helps protect against cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions as found in a Pap test caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, abnormal and precancerous vaginal, vulvar and anal lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, and genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. In boys and men aged 9 through 45, GARDASIL®9 helps protect against anal cancer caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, and abnormal and precancerous anal lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. It also helps protect boys and men aged 9 through 45 against genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11.
GARDASIL®9 does not protect the person getting the vaccine from a disease that is caused by other types of HPV, other viruses or bacteria and from HPV types that he/she may already have; but most people do not have all types contained in the vaccine. GARDASIL®9 does not treat HPV infection, cancers and diseases, or prevent its complications. GARDASIL®9 may not fully protect each person who gets it.
GARDASIL®9 does not remove the need for cervical cancer screening; women should still get routine cervical cancer screening. GARDASIL®9 is not recommended for use in pregnant women and should only be used during pregnancy if a doctor or healthcare professional decides it is clearly needed. Women who become pregnant before completion of the vaccine series should complete their vaccination schedule after childbirth. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.
As with other vaccines, GARDASIL®9 may cause some side effects. The most common side effects seen are pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, a lump where the shot is given, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and sore throat.
Fainting can happen after getting an HPV vaccine. Signs of an allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, wheezing (bronchospasm), hives and rash.
These are not all the side effects reported. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional to see if GARDASIL®9 is right for you.
Information about GARDASIL®9 is provided in the Product Monograph and Consumer Information, available here.