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GARDASIL® Information

Obtaining Gardasil from Health Services

If you decide to receive GARDASIL from Health Services, you will have to PREPAY.  You will be responsible for requesting reimbursement from your insurance. Alternately, a written prescription can be provided. You would first obtain GARDASIL at the pharmacy and then bring the medication to Health Services to receive your injections.

Instructions to Check Insurance Coverage for Gardasil

  1. Call the phone # for prescriptions on the back of your insurance card.  Ask if GARDASIL is covered by your policy. 
  2. If it is covered, ask if it has to be obtained at a physician’s office to be covered. 
    • If yes, ask if it has to be provided by your Primary Care doctor.
    • ask if it will be covered if purchased at the pharmacy with a doctor’s written prescription.

Gardasil Questions and Answers  

What is GARDASIL and what is it used for?

  • GARDASIL is the only human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV.
  • In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases.
  • In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.

What other key information about GARDASIL l should I know?

  • Vaccination does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening.  Females who receive Gardasil should continue cervical cancer screening.
  • As with all vaccines, Gardasil may not fully protect everyone who gets the vaccine.
  • Gardasil will not protect against diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types. There are more than 100 HPV types; Gardasil helps protect against 4 types (6, 11, 16, and 18).  These 4 types have been selected for Gardasil because they cause approximately 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
  • This vaccine will not protect you against HPV types to which you may have already been exposed.
  • Gardasil works best when given before any sexual contact.

Who can receive GARDASIL?


  • Girls and women 9 to 26
  • Boys and young men 9 to 26

How is GARDASIL given?

  • GARDASIL is given as an injection.
  • You will receive 3 doses of the vaccine. Ideally the doses are given as:
    • First dose: at a date you and your health care professional choose.
    • Second dose: 2 months after the first dose.
    • Third dose: 6 months after the first dose.

Who is at risk for Human Papillomavirus?

  • In 2005, the CDC estimated that at least 50% of sexually active people catch HPV during their lifetime. A male or female of any age who takes part in any kind of sexual activity that involves genital contact is at risk. Many people who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms. This means that they can pass on the virus to others and not know it.

Will GARDASIL help me if I already have Human Papillomavirus?

  • You may benefit from GARDASIL if you already have HPV.  This is because most people are not infected with all four types of HPV contained in the vaccine.  In clinical trials, individuals with current or past infection with one or more vaccine-related HPV types prior to vaccination were protected from disease caused by the remaining vaccine HPV types.  Gardasil is not intended to be used for treatment for the above mentioned diseases. Talk to your health care professional for more information.