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HPV (human papillomavirus) Vaccine
The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), Gardasil, is now available at Health Services. Men and Women 26 yrs. or younger who have paid on-campus tuition and fees are eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccine is available on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The cost of the vaccine, which is a three dose series, may be paid with cash, check, VISA or MasterCard or be billed to the student Bursar account.
There are about 40 types of genital HPV and this vaccine is intended to prevent infection from 4 major types. Men and women who have not been infected with any of the four HPV types will get the full benefits of the vaccine. Those who have HPV probably do not have all 4 strains, so they may also benefit from receiving the vaccine. The vaccine does not cure or treat existing HPV infections.
The vaccine is approved for men and women age 9 to 26 years and consists of a series of three injections at specific intervals over a 6 month period. The vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. Additionally, those who have an allergic reaction to yeast or any component of the HPV vaccine and those who currently have a moderate or severe illness should not receive the vaccine.
For further information contact the Preventive Medicine Office at 815-753-9759.
For additional information: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/default.htm