Gen X’ers Can Now Get Cancer Prevention Vaccine

Gardasil cancer vaccine approved for people between 9 and 45 years of age

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For the first 12 years of its commercial availability, the cancer prevention vaccine Gardasil was only approved for people younger than 26 years of age. 

But since the Gardasil vaccine has the potential to prevent 31,200 cancer cases every year, the Food and Drug Administration decided during October 2018 to expand its use for both women and men aged 27 through 45 years. 

Moreover, the new Gardasil 9-valent vaccine prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine. 

While the Gardasil 9 vaccine is best known to prevent cervical cancer in women, it also lowers the risk in young men from oral HPV infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers. 

"Preventing cancer with a vaccine is a dream come true as a healthcare provider. And now even more people can benefit from this life-saving therapy," said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company. 

"Since there is no cure for HPV, this HPV vaccine saves lives." 

"I highly encourage anyone from 9 to 45 years of age to ask their doctor, nurse or pharmacist about receiving this vaccine." 

Recently, 2 associations announced support for HPV vaccinations. 

During November 2018, the American Dermatological Association announced its co-sponsorship with the American Cancer Society in its public policy of vaccination for both boys and girls against HPV and recognized the expanded age range for the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine.   

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And, during October 2018, the American Dental Association adopted a policy that urges dentists to support the use and administration of the HPV vaccine.     

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus passed between humans through genital and skin-to-skin contact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   

HPV is associated with protean medical illnesses including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers, as well as warts, condylomata, and oropharyngeal papillomas. 

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To schedule an HPV vaccination appointment, please visit this page.   

The CDC Vaccine Price List provides prices for general information. 

And vaccine discounts can be found here.

Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects, says the CDC. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the FDA or CDC.