About Cervarix and Gardasil

This service offers you a choice of two cervical cancer vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil. To help you make your decision we have highlighted the main features of each vaccine in the table below. You will have a chance to review these differences again when you order this item.This service offers you a choice of two cervical cancer vaccines, Cervarix and Gardasil. To help you make your decision we have highlighted the main features of each vaccine in the table below. You will have a chance to review these differences again when you order this item.

CervarixGardasil

How is it given?

3 injections (0, then two more approx 1 and 6 months apart)3 injections (0,2 and 6 months apart)

Does it cover most causes of cervical cancer?

YesYes

Does it cover most causes of genital warts?

NoYes

Does it guarantee protection?

NoNo

Does it help if I am sexually active and could already be infected/exposed to HPV?

Maybe *No

How long does the protection last?

At least 6 years**At least 4 years**

What age of women is it licensed for?

Any age over 10yrs oldAny age over 9yrs old

Is it licensed for use in men?

No***No***

Any other information?

Chosen by the UK government for its vaccination programmeNo

Price

Total of £399 for 3 injections

Total of £399 for 3 injections

*There is evidence it helps reduce risk of cancerous changes even if you have been previously exposed to HPV.

** Research is on-going to see how long the effects of each vaccine last. There is currently no indication for having a booster with either HPV vaccine.

*** Use in such cases would be ‘off-licence’. In this case off-licence means that the manufacturers did not seek a licence to offer the vaccine to men in the UK.