The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), Gardasil, is now available at Health Services. Men and women 26 years 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 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The fee for this service can be paid by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa, or can be charged to the student's NIU Bursar's account.
There are about 40 types of genital HPV. This vaccine is intended to prevent infection from four (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 four (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. It 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 Preventive Medicine at 815-753-9759.