Applicants for U.S. permanent resident status must complete a medical examination to be approved for U.S. resident ("green card") status. Part of the examination requires applicants to have completed vaccination for certain vaccine-preventable diseases. The U.S. government has recently mandated that females between the ages of 11 and 26 must receive one dose of Gardasil, a vaccine intended to prevent cervical cancer. A three-dose regimen of Gardasil costs $360, so one dose is $120. Out of the 14 vaccines required for permanent residence, 13 are designed to combat infectious contagious diseases. Gardasil is the exception. The new Gardasil requirement has triggered criticism for its sweeping applicability.