Gardasil at FPSCNY
Since July 2008, we have offered Gardasil to women ages 19 to 26. In 2011, our agency earned Vaccines for Children (VFC) status, which will now allows our health centers to give eligible young women and men from the ages of 11 to 18 Gardasil free of charge. Gardasil is the series of immunizations that prevents the strains of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that most commonly cause cervical cancer and warts. VFC serves uninsured families, Medicaid-eligible families, Native Americans, or those whose health insurance does not cover the entire cost of vaccines.
Females and males younger than 18 will need parental consent to receive the vaccine. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended the vaccine be routinely given to females and males between 11 and 26 years old.
Gardasil is given in three doses, 2 and 6 months apart. All three doses are currently required to achieve maximum protection. The vaccines, coupled with regular cancer screening, and early detection and treatment, have enormous potential to save lives. The New York Times recently reported that the vaccine has dramatically reduced the number of HPV cases in teenage girls. (HPV Vaccine Is Credited in Fall of Teenagers’ Infection Rate, June 19, 2013)
This potential can only be realized if those who need the vaccine have access to it – especially by removing the expense. The series of Gardasil shots costs approximately $384 per shot – one of the most expensive vaccines ever. But because Family Planning of South Central New York is a VFC provider, income is truly no barrier to staying safe and healthy. Patients up to the age of 18 may be eligible to receive the vaccine for free. Please ask the receptionist for more information. Even if you are over 18, we can bill your insurance and/or base the cost on your income, which would reduce the expense.
For more information about receiving Gardasil at FPSCNY, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call your nearest health center: Binghamton – 607-723-8306; Norwich – 607-334-6378; Oneonta – 607-432-2250; Sidney – 607-432-2250; Walton – 607-432-2250.
New: Want to learn more about HPV? The Centers for Disease Control has this excellent website full of information: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/default.htm