Gardasil 9 - HPV vaccine
  • Course of 3 injections over 6 months
  • Up to 90% protection against genital warts and cancer of anus, vulva, vagina and cervix
  • Protects against 9 types of HPV

Gardasil 9 (HPV vaccine)

Gardasil 9 is a vaccine for both men and women. It's given as 3 injections over 6 months. It reduces the risk genital warts and cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Gardasil 9 - HPV vaccine
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  • Course of 3 injections over 6 months
  • Up to 90% protection against genital warts and cancer of anus, vulva, vagina and cervix
  • Protects against 9 types of HPV

About Gardasil 9

  • Getting the Gardasil 9 injections

    Request the vaccine and complete your confidential online questionnaire. One of our clinicians will check your suitability and contact you via your Patient Record. Once approved, you can select at which LloydsPharmacy store you would like to be vaccinated.

    Call your selected pharmacy to book your appointment. You will need 3 appointments in total over 6 months to complete the vaccination course.

    Gardasil 9 is given as a course of three injections. These are usually given in the upper arm.

  • Who can have Gardasil 9 injections

    Both men and women can be prescribed Gardasil 9 through our service. Men will be protected from 90% of genital warts and anal cancer, while women will be additionally protected against certain strains of cancer affecting the vulva, vagina and cervix.

  • Effectiveness

    If you’re not yet sexually active, Gardasil 9 can prevent up to 90% of genital warts and HPV related anogenital cancers (anus, vulva, vagina, cervix).

    If you are already sexually active, Gardasil 9 can still reduce your chances of getting any of these conditions.

    As Gardasil 9 does not offer 100% protection, we always advise women to have regular cervical smear tests (these detect early signs of cervical cancer).

    Studies show that Gardasil 9 provides immunity for at least 8 years. It is likely that the protection lasts for much longer, but this is yet to be scientifically proven. Currently, a booster injection is not necessary.

  • Side effects

    Most patients experience no side effects. However, you may experience pain, redness, itching, bruising or swelling at the injection site, headache, dizziness, nausea, fever and tiredness. Any of these side effects should not last more than 2-3 days.

    There are a few rare but serious side effects you need to know about before deciding to have the vaccine. These include difficulty breathing, encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain), Guillain-Barre Syndrome (rapid onset muscle weakness), and bleeding disorders.

  • Risk of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include fainting, shortness of breath, sudden drop in blood pressure and swelling of the face and neck. This is extremely rare and typically happens within 10 minutes of receiving the injection. All LloydsPharmacy staff providing this vaccination service are fully trained in managing anaphylaxis, should it occur.

  • How Gardasil 9 works

    Gardasil 9 immunises against the 9 strains of HPV (6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58) that cause the majority of genital warts and cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina and cervix.

    HPV is transmitted during sex, or skin to skin contact with the genitals.

    The vaccine is made from proteins that mimic HPV. When the vaccine is given, the body responds by making antibodies to get rid of it. If you are then exposed to the real virus, those same antibodies prevent it from entering cells and creating an infection which can ultimately lead to warts or cancer. The vaccine does not contain any live virus, so it cannot cause cancer or other HPV-related illnesses.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to have the Gardasil 9 injections if you are taking other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Gardasil 9 safely.

  • Other STIs

    Gardasil 9 does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We recommend that you still practice safe sex with new partners, using condoms, and that you are regularly tested for STIs. Visit our STI testing clinic for information about testing at home.

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