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Where can my child get GARDASIL®9?

Non-Quebec residentsProvincially-funded programs offer free access to both doses of GARDASIL®9 for elementary school children of varying ages between 9-12. Learn more

Quebec residents

  • At school: The first dose of GARDASIL®9 is included in the Quebec Immunization Program and Immunization schedule is offered for free to girls and boys in Grade 4. The program offers the bivalent HPV vaccine as the second dose. Learn more
  • From a clinic or pharmacy: For children who are not in Grade 4, or if you choose to give GARDASIL®9 for your child’s second dose, GARDASIL®9 can be purchased and administered at your pharmacy or a vaccination clinic. GARDASIL®9 can also be purchased at your pharmacy and administered at your clinic.

‡ Where vaccination services are available.

All CanadiansMany private insurance plans reimburse some or all of the cost of GARDASIL®9. Learn more

Completing all doses is important for your child to get the full benefits of GARDASIL®9

Children aged 15 and over require 3 doses of GARDASIL®9. Alternatively, children aged 9-14 may receive 2 doses of the vaccine. Your child’s healthcare professional will determine which schedule is right for your child.

The GARDASIL®9 Product Monograph recommends that children who receive a first dose of GARDASIL®9 complete the vaccination course with GARDASIL®9.

Set yourself a reminder to schedule your child’s next dose and get the full benefits of GARDASIL®9

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Why should I help protect my child with GARDASIL®9?

GARDASIL®9 helps protect against infection by 7 HPV types causing cervical and other HPV-related cancers (types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 & 58) and 2 HPV types causing genital warts (types 6 & 11).

Cervical cancer can take years to appear. Precancerous lesions usually grow slowly and can take up to 10 years to become cancer, on average.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends routine vaccination against HPV for girls and boys aged 9–26.§

So, why is this important for my child?

About 3 in 4 sexually-active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime. Many people who have HPV don’t even realize it because the virus often has no signs or symptoms – which means that they can pass on the virus to others without knowing it.

Some HPV types will clear up on their own, but some can cause genital warts or cancers like cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers. HPV causes almost 100% of cervical cancer cases.

When should my child be vaccinated with GARDASIL®9?

GARDASIL®9 can be given to girls and boys as early as 9 years old. Vaccination against HPV works best before a person becomes sexually active.

Children aged 15 and over will need 3 doses of GARDASIL®9 over the course of 6 months (at 0, 2 and 6 months). Children aged 9–14 may receive 2 doses of GARDASIL®9; the second dose should be administered 5–13 months after the first dose. If the second dose is administered earlier than 5 months after the first dose, a third dose should always be administered.

Children who receive a first dose of GARDASIL®9 are recommended to complete the vaccination course with GARDASIL®9.

Is GARDASIL®9 suitable for my child?

Getting vaccinated against HPV has been demonstrated to be an effective way to help protect your child against the diseases caused by some types of HPV. GARDASIL®9 does not treat HPV infection. If your child is already infected with one type of HPV contained in the vaccine, getting vaccinated with GARDASIL®9 will help protect them against the other eight types of HPV.

Like any medication or vaccine, GARDASIL®9 can cause side effects. The most common possible side effects are pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, or a lump where the shot was given, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, stomach pain and sore throat.

Speak with your child’s healthcare professional if your child experiences any side effects after receiving GARDASIL®9.

Is financial assistance available to help cover the cost of GARDASIL®9?

Public funding of vaccinations is offered by each province and territory. Check if your child is eligible to receive GARDASIL®9 for free.

Many private insurance plans reimburse some or all of the cost of GARDASIL®9. If your child is not eligible for HPV vaccination under a provincially-funded vaccination program, find out if your private health plan will cover it.

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* GARDASIL®9 is indicated for the prevention of infection by HPV types that can cause cervical cancers (types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 & 58) and genital warts (types 6 & 11). [GRD9 PM p4A]

† Not all cervical cancer/precancers, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancer cases are caused by HPV.

§ See the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) for complete recommendations.

Where can I learn more?

Speak to your child’s healthcare professional to learn more about GARDASIL®9.

You can also find out more by visiting www.canada.ca

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