Since we are on the topic of vaccines these days, this is as good as of a time as any to remind everyone that Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) is approved for MEN and WOMEN up to the age of 45 and is useful even if you already have HPV because it is for NINE strains! 🥳
Jocelyn J. Fitzgerald, MD
And there is emerging data that it may reverse HPV related pre-cancers! There is really no downside to anyone getting it
Why is there an age limit?
That’s just the FDA approval limit but certainly someone older could get it
May I ask what the age limit does? Is the vaccine ineffective after 45? Dangerous?
That is just the FDA approval age but it’s arbitrary
okay but should people with the quadrivalent vaccine also get the nonavalent one?
Last I checked there are no guidelines saying definitively to do this (because those are the most common 4). But if your insurance will cover it, it can’t hurt.
still waiting for the general medical community in germany to get that memo.. and health insurers to catch up and actually pay for it. (even if I could pay for it out of my own pocket, i have yet to find a doc who‘d vaccinate me, because I‘m waay above age 18)
Sooooo this is something the non medical population who has 0.1% knowledge should look into getting and should be seen as preventative healthcare?
Yes! For everyone. It’s part of the childhood vaccine schedule but was added later and missed many of us who didn’t get it as kids—ask your doc!
Published at Fri, 27 Nov 20 02:15:04 +0000
By Jocelyn J. Fitzgerald, MD