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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: HPV Vaccine Question

 elbow2003 - Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:33 pm

I am a female, 20 years of age, and I have already received two of my shots for Gardasil. I go to school in Boston, but I return to California during breaks. This makes medical coverage difficult, as my school insurance does not cover the vaccine, but my home insurance does. So I got my first two shots at home.

I was wondering how close to 6 months does the third shot have to be. I heard somewhere that the last shot can be given any time between 6-12 months after the first shot, but I haven't been able to confirm that anywhere. So is it better for my to get my third shot a month and a half early? Or should I wait until I'm home again, which will be 9 months after my first shot?

Thank you for your help!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:16 am

User avatar Congratulations on taking charge of your health by getting this new vaccine which will make strides in preventing some forms of cancer.

The vaccine is given in a series of three injections over a six-month period. The second and third doses should be given at two and six months (respectively) after the first dose. Generally it does not hurt anything to get these late if you miss the recommended times, but they should not be given early.

I hope this answers your question. If not, let me know.

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