Gardasil vaccinations protect against infection with four HPV types. Gardasil protects against the types of HPV that cause 7 out of 10 of all cervical cancers. The body reacts by making antibodies which will help the immune system fight HPV infection.
It is recommended for girls/women between the ages of 9 and 26, and is a course of 3 vaccinations over 6 months.
Gardasil may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. Gardasil does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it's important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. Gardasil does not treat cancer or genital warts.