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Human Papillomavirus - The Vaccine
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Administration

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  1. How is this vaccine administered?

    Gardasil is administered intramuscularly as 3 separate 0.5-mL doses according to the following schedule: first dose at elected date; second dose: 2 months after the first dose; third dose: 6 months after the first dose.

    Cervarix is administered intramuscularly as 3 separate 0.5-mL doses according to the following schedule; first dose at elected date; second dose: 1 month after the first; third dose: 6 months after the first dose.

    Each vaccine series should be completed using the same product; you can not use HPV vaccines interchangeably within the 3 dose series.



  2. If I think a service member has been exposed to Human Papillomavirus, what should I do?
    A pap smear and vaccination series (if within the DoD policy age parameters and not previously immunized) should be suggested. Reinforcement of the need for yearly pap smears for women should also occur. Both men and women should be counseled on monogamous relationships, reducing sexual partners and the proper use of barrier protection to prevent future STD infections.