The Gardasil vaccine is intended to give protection against diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus or HPV. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new form of the vaccine, Gardasil 9. This new form of Gardasil protects against 9 strains of the HPV virus where the current formulation only protects against 4 strains.
What is HPV?
HPV or human papillomavirus is a virus that is transmitted from sexual contact with someone who has the virus. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
What strains of HPV does the current vaccine, Gardasil, cover?
The current vaccine, Gardasil, offers protection from the 4 strains of HPV: 6, 11, 16, and 18.
What strains of HPV will the new vaccine, Gardasil 9, cover?
How is the Gardasil 9 vaccine given?
You will start with one shot, followed by separate shots at two and six months later.
When will Gardasil 9 be available to patients?
How is the newly approved Gardasil 9 an improvement over the current Gardasil vaccine?
Gardasil 9 protects against 5 additional strains of HPV. Those 5 additional strains are considered the most common cervical cancer-causing types worldwide. Seven of the 9 HPV strains covered by Gardasil 9 cause approximately 90% of all cervical cancer cases.
In contrast, the original Gardasil only protected against strains responsible for about 70% of cervical cancer cases.
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