Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are receiving a treatment or using a medicine that causes a weak immune system. This may include radiation therapy, steroid medicines (such as cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, Cortef®, or Medrol®), or cancer medicines (such as cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, etoposide, Adriamycin®, or Cytoxan®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a weak immune system because of a disease (such as HIV infection or a genetic defect) or a medicine (such as steroids). Tell your doctor if you have an active infection that is causing fever or chills.
This vaccine will not treat cervical cancer, genital warts, or other diseases caused by HPV. It will not protect you against diseases that are caused by HPV types not in the vaccine. This vaccine will not protect you against diseases that are not caused by HPV.
This vaccine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, swelling of the tongue and throat, or trouble with breathing after you get the injection.
This vaccine does not replace your routine cervical cancer screening. You will need to see your doctor for screening tests even after receiving this vaccine.
You may feel faint, lightheaded, or dizzy right after you receive this vaccine. Sitting or lying down for 15 minutes after you receive the vaccine may also help. If any of these side effects occur, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. If this problem continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.