Hancock County Memorial Hospital Medical Providers are recommending vaccination with GARDASIL to protect all girls and women ages 9 through 26 years of age. Gardasil is also licensed, safe, and effective for males ages 9 through 26 years.
GARDASIL is a vaccination used to help protect against diseases caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, which is also known as HPV. HPV is a common virus that may develop into cervical cancer, precancerous lesions, and genital warts. Boys and young men may choose to get this vaccine to prevent genital warts, and anal cancer.
GARDASIL is an injection and is given in 3 doses within a six month time period. We are strongly encouraging that all girls and women ages 9 through 26 be vaccinated with GARDASIL.
CDC did not add this vaccine to the recommended immunization schedules for males in these age groups because studies suggest that the best way to prevent the most disease due to HPV is to vaccinate as many girls and women as possible. Parents of boys can decide if Gardasil is right for their sons by talking with their sons health care providers. Young men can also discuss this vaccine with their doctors.
GARDASIL is not covered by all insurances at this time. We are hoping that in the near future, most insurance companies will cover it. Please check with your insurance company regarding their coverage of GARDASIL.
We strongly encourage you to contact one of our clinics for an appointment to receive this vaccination. If you have any questions regarding GARDASIL, please do not hesitate to contact us.
|John Boedeker, D.O.
||Julie Larson, ARNP
||Angela McGregor, ARNP
|Ashlea McLeod, PA-C
||Jerry Nelson, M.D.
||Jennifer Rosenmeyer, ARNP
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