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HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine – Beating Cervical Cancer

When girls are aged 12 to 13 and are in year 8 at school, they are offered the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine. You will be sent an information pack from our Immunisation Team which tells you about the offer and will include a leaflet and a consent form.

The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer.

Key facts:

  • In the UK around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year
  • It is the most common cancer among women under the age 35
  • Cervical cancer is caused by a very common virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Cervical cancer develops in the cervix and is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus
  • The vaccine used is Gardasil and this protects girls against four types of HPV; Type 16 and Type 18, which give a high risk for cervical cancer, and Type 6 and Type 11, which do not cause cervical cancer, but they do cause 90% of genital warts
  • If you choose for your daughter to have the vaccine she will receive two doses by injection. The two doses are given between six and 24 months apart
  • The vaccine is normally given at school
  • The vaccine is not a replacement for safe sex and a healthy lifestyle.

Most people do not have any side effects from the vaccine. If they do they are mild and won’t last very long. These might include:

  • Pain, swelling, redness/bruising or itching where you had the injection
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Dizziness.

If your child has any side-effects that worry you or any of these reactions last more than a few days, you should tell your school nurse or GP.