Kirsten, check with your local health dept as most vaccinations are free through age 18 and if there is a charge, it will most likely be much less expensive than at a physicians office. ALSO check with Planned Parenthood in your area. They should have the Gardasil vaccine available and Merck, the company that makes Gardasil, has a program set up to allow girls/women who are uninsured or under-insured to receive the vaccinations for free. You fill out a form, they fax it to Merck, and if accepted, the approval is faxed back in 15-20 mins and you can get the vaccine. PS, if you qualify for Merck's free vaccine program, it covers all of Merck's vaccines, which would include the MMR (Measles) or Hepatitis A & B vaccines and others should you need those as well. The Gardasil vaccination is given in your upper arm in three injections: First shot, Second shot in two months, Third shot four months later. It is highly effective protection against the two most commom viruses that cause cervical cancer as well as the two most common viruses that cause genital warts. The most common side effect is usually just a sore arm where you get the shot. Hope you can get the Gardasil vaccination free or at a reduced cost.