Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Bleeding disorders: If you have any bleeding problems (such as hemophilia) or are taking blood thinners, such as warfarin, tell your doctor before receiving this medication.
Fainting: People receiving vaccines may faint. Tell your doctor if you have previously fainted while receiving an injection. It is recommended to wait in your doctor's office for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine.
Fever: Your doctor may decide to delay vaccination if you have a severe fever or infection. You can still receive the vaccine if you have a minor infection such as a cold.
Health exams: You will still need to have regular health exams after having the vaccine, including Pap tests, HPV DNA tests, or other tests as recommended by your doctor.
Immune system: People with weakened immune systems (e.g., those with cancer, HIV, or taking immunosuppressive therapy) may not get the full benefits of the vaccine.
Vaccine protection: This vaccine protects only against certain types of HPV and, as with other vaccines, may not provide 100% protection for everyone who receives the vaccine. The HPV vaccine should not be used for treatment of active genital warts or cervical and vaginal cancers. It does not prevent any other STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV. Condoms should still be used to prevent STIs even after you have received the vaccine. The vaccine should not be a substitute for regular cervical screening (i.e., Pap tests).
Pregnancy: This medication is not recommended during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while receiving this medication, contact your doctor immediately. It is also recommended to avoid becoming pregnant for 2 months after vaccination with human papillomavirus bivalent vaccine.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if HPV vaccine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are receiving this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children under 9 years of age.
Adults older than 25 years: The safety and efficacy of this medication have not been established for adults over 25 years of age.