HPV Vaccine Dosing
Regardless of whether you are receiving Gardasil or Cervarix, a complete HPV vaccination is a series of three injections given over the course of six months. Your healthcare provider can give you the HPV vaccine in the muscle of your upper arm or upper thigh. In order for HPV vaccine to work properly, you have to receive all three dosages.
There is only one recommended dosage of the HPV vaccine (Gardasil®, Cervarix®), regardless of weight or age, although the exact vaccine schedule is slightly different for the two vaccines. The HPV vaccine is given as a series of three injections:
- First injection: at any time
- Second injection: one month (for Cervarix) or two months (for Gardasil) after the first dose
- Third injection: six months after the first dose.
Some considerations for people taking the HPV vaccine include:
- The HPV vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle in your upper arm or upper thigh. Your healthcare provider will give you the HPV vaccine injections.
- If you are late for an HPV vaccine injection, call your healthcare provider to schedule your next injection as soon as you remember. You do not need to "start over" with the three-injection series if you are late for an HPV vaccine injection.
- Your healthcare provider might want to wait until later to give you an HPV vaccine injection if you are ill. However, you can still get an HPV vaccine injection if you have a mild fever or a mild upper respiratory infection (such as a cold).
- For the HPV vaccine to work properly, you have to get all three injections. The HPV vaccine will not work as well if you do not get all three injections.
- If you are unsure about anything related to the HPV vaccine, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.