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    Pre-Gardasil question?
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    rra0028 posted:
    I've never had a pap smear before, do I need to get one of to get the Gardasil shots?

    If I ask for a gardasil consultation...is it just to talk and inform me about it or the actual procedure?
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    kerbygirl79 responded:
    I would get a pap smear before you get the Gardasil shot. a lot of women are reporting normal pap smears, then getting the shot, and getting abnormal pap smears. i never had a pap smear before i got the shot, but the 2 ive gotten have both come back abnormal.
     
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    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear rra: The Gardasil vaccine does not prompt abnormal PAP smear results. Gardasil is a non-live virus type of vaccine. It does not contain the controversial ingredients thimersol or mercury. There is not enough long term data to suggest that it can be given during pregnancy. There are several medical conditions (eg immune suppressed) where a vaccine may not be as effective.

    My best GUESS is that the first of the vaccine shots would be given after the consultation. Here is a link to more information:

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5602a1.htm

    Perhaps the most important issue is that the vaccine is most protective if the women has not yet had intercourse. Consistent condom use can also offer some (but not complete) protection. I would urge you to get that consultation visit so you can get answers specific to your GYN history.

    Yours,
    Jane


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