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Cervical Cancer Vaccine FAQs

The name of the vaccine we currently offer is Gardasil 9. It is made by Sanofi Pasteur and is licensed for use in the UK. We also offer vaccination to BOTH SEXES.


Q: Who can have it?


A: The license has been granted for its use in males and females aged 9 to 26 and boys aged 9 to 16. However it is suitable for sexually active women of any age and we are willing to discuss this with women who request it.

Q: Has your daughter missed the school vaccination programme.

A: It's never too late to catch up! contact us today to discuss how we can help.

Q: Has your son missed the school vaccination programme.

A: Boys are bot currently being offered the vaccine within the NHS.

Q: Why is it given?

A: Gardasil 9 HPV 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 (high risk) which cause cervical cancer and HPV related anal cancer and HPV subtypes (6 and 11 ) which cause genital wart cases.

Q: What if I have already had warts or a smear showing HPV?

A: Even in these circumstances the vaccine will be useful because it protects you against a number of strains of these viruses. Clearly the vaccine will not "cure" you of a virus to which you have already been exposed but it is unlikely you will have been exposed to every virus type in the vaccine.

Q: Is there more than one vaccine of this type?

A: Yes, Gardasil 4 from Sanofi Pasteur and the newer Gardasil 9 from Sanofi Pasteur and Merck. Sanofi have moved to now produce Gardasil 9 only.

Q: How many times do I need to be Vaccinated?

A: Boys and girls aged 9-14 years: Two doses of Gardasil 9 over 6 months

Boys/men and girls/women aged 15 - 26: Three doses of Gardasil 9 over 6 months


Q: Are there side Effects?

A: It is NOT a live vaccine so the side effects are similar to all inactivated vaccines ie 10% of people vaccinated may have some redness and tenderness at the injection site, and less than 10% a slight fever for 1-2 days afterwards. Very rare hypersensitivity reactions have been reported ( less than 1 per 100 000 vaccines given) and this could be dealt with at our clinics were it to occur. The vaccine cannot, in any way, cause cervical cancer or give you HPV.

Q: Women: Smear Tests: can I stop these?

A: Smear tests should be continued as before. The vaccine does not cover every possible cause of cervical cancer , although 90% coverage is excellent it is not perfect. Smear tests remain a very important screening test for detecting early changes of cervical cancer At Private GP Services our thin prep smear service will provide you with a result within one week

Q: What is the Cost?

A: The cost of the course of 2 or 3 vaccines including a 15 minute initial consultation and appointments to give the 2nd and/or 3rd doses,£480 and £320 respectively. If you prefer to pay each time you attend the we change £160 per vaccine.

Q: What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: The vaccine can be used safely in women who are breast feeding . We would generally not advise vaccination in pregnancy.

Appointments for this newer edition of the breakthrough vaccine are available daily Please telephone us on
01245 234134 for further details.