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Human Papillomavirus 9 Valent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58) Vaccine, Recombinant  Audio icon

Brand Name: Gardasil 9
Other Names: 9-valent HPV vaccine, HPV 9-valent vaccine, HPV recombinant vaccine 9-valent
Drug Class: Opportunistic Infections and Coinfections

What is Gardasil 9?

Gardasil 9 is a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect against the following diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV): 

Gardasil 9 is approved for use by females 9 through 26 years of age and males 9 through 15 years of age.

The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA-HIVMA), includes recommendations on the use of Gardasil 9 in HIV-infected individuals. 

What should I tell my health care provider before receiving Gardasil 9?

Before receiving Gardasil 9, tell your health care provider:

  • If you are allergic to yeast, any ingredients in Gardasil 9 (including amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate or polysorbate 80), or any medicines. Tell your health care provider if you have ever had any reactions to a previous dose of the vaccine or to any other HPV vaccines. 
  • If you have a fever over 100°F (37.8°C).
  • About any medical conditions you have or have had, for example, diabetes or liver problems, or immune problems such as HIV infection or cancer.  
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Gardasil 9 is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Talk to your health care provider about possible risks with receiving Gardasil 9 when pregnant.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you are infected with HIV.
  • About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Gardasil 9 may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how Gardasil 9 works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between Gardasil 9 and the medicines you take. 
Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from Gardasil 9. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.

How is Gardasil 9 given?

A health care provider gives the Gardasil 9 vaccine. The vaccine is usually given in the arm muscle. Vaccination with Gardasil 9 is usually given as a series of three vaccine shots over a 6-month period. Read any printed information that your health care provider gives you about HPV vaccines. 

Where can I find more information about Gardasil 9?

More information about Gardasil 9 is available:

The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Injection (suspension).

Last Reviewed: November 19, 2015

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