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Boys can be affected by HPV disease too. GARDASIL HELPS PROTECT BOTH YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER. When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV), females are only half the equation. There are 30 to 40 types of HPV that will affect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don'tclear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females and other types of HPV could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there's no way to predict who will or won't clear thevirus. GARDASIL is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases,and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases. 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 cervical cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant. The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child's health care professional may ask your child tosit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or shegets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child's health care professional. Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs tothe FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please read the Patient Information on the next page and discuss it with your child's doctor or health care professional. gardasil.com 1-800-GARDASIL Help your son or daughter be one less person affected by HPV disease. Talk to your child's doctor about GARDASIL today. trouble paying for your Merck medicine? Merck may k be able to help.Visit merck.com/merckhelps. HPAP-1000854-0003-05/11 to complete MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL 3 DOSES SO THAT YOU GET THE BEST PROTECTION.