Obgyn of Atlanta

Gardasil

What is Gardasil?  Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against certain diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Gardasil helps prevent these diseases BUT will not treat them.  You cannot get the disease from the vaccine.

Who can receive Gardasil?  Females age 9 through 26 years

How is Gardasil given?   You will receive 3 injections, the first dose at a date you decide, a second dose 2 months after the first and your 3rd dose 6 months after the 1st dose. 

Is there other information that I should know?  Gardasil will not protect against diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types.  There are more than 100 HPV types.  Gardasil helps protect against 4 (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 you have any contact with certain types of HPV, but may still be given to those who have tested positive for HPV in the past.

What are the side effects?  Most commonly pain, swelling, itching, fever and redness at the injection site.   

Cost:   $275.00 per injection (this includes vaccine and administration) for a total of $825.00.  Self Pay patients will pay $220.00 per injection.  We will verify your benefits with your insurance prior to the injections. Non covered vaccines must be paid for at the time of injection, as we order this just for you.

What should I do if I want to receive the vaccine?  If you decide to proceed with the vaccine you should first contact your insurance company to verify your benefits for this medication - the diagnosis code is V04.89 and the Gardasil is 90649.   You must contact our office for a prescription for the three injections, which is available at many pharmacies and then call our office to schedule the 1st injection.  If your insurance does not cover Gardasil and you will be self-pay, you may obtain the medication at our office.