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I just got my last shot of Gardasil. How long does it take for the vaccine to protect me from the HPV strains it covers?

Hi there

You have taken all three vaccines, so by now you should have long term immunity for the four HPV strains that Gardasil targets.

The body usually starts to develop an immune response within 2 weeks after immunization with most vaccines.

Studies show that you get high levels of protection after one dose of Gardasil. However, studies don't tell us how long that immunity would last if you did not get the next two vaccines. You need to be vaccinated 3 times over 6 months to make sure you have long term protection.

It is important to remember that if you had one of the four strains of HPV before you got Gardasil, the vaccine will not eliminate that virus from your body. That is why it is important to continue to get regular PAP tests.

Check out Immunize BC, for more information on HPV and vaccines.

Please leave a comment to let us know if that answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on September 30, 2013

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