About HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine helps protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) including cervical cancer, some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers and some cancers of the anal and genital areas. Yuchi Medical uses a vaccine called Gardasil. It protects against 4 types of HPV, 6, 11, 16, and 18. HPV vaccination is suitable for children over the age of nine and women and men up to the age of 45.
HPV Vaccine Schedule and Administration
A 3 dose schedule is recommended, with the second and third dose given 1 month and 4-6 months after the first dose respectively. All 3 doses should be given within a 12-month period.
When it is not suitable
- People who have an allergy to yeast
- People who are pregnant
- People who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any ingredient of an HPV vaccine
What are the possible side effects?
Most people who get HPV vaccine experience no side effects at all. Some people report having very mild side effects. The most common side effects of HPV vaccine include:
- Pain, redness or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
- Headache or feeling tired
- Muscle of joint pain