Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Not all GP clinics stock travel vaccinations, however Yarra Medical stocks a full range of travel vaccinations including the HPV vaccine.
The HPV vaccine involves a course of two injections six months apart for those under 15 years of age, or three injections over the same time frame for those older than 15. It is most effective when given around 12-13 years of age, as this produces the strongest immune response to the vaccine. It is important to note that the vaccine does not treat an existing HPV infection.
Under the National Immunisation Program, the HPV vaccine is free for all year 7 secondary school students, and there are free catch-up doses for those under 20 years of age who missed it when at school.
The vaccine is recommended for men who have sex with men, and people with weakened immune systems.
Side effects of the HPV vaccine
HPV vaccines are effective and safe, though all vaccines can have mild side effects. These can include pain at site of injection, low-grade fever, headache or mild nausea. Symptoms are usually mild and do not require any specific treatment.
Pregnancy and the HPV vaccine
The HPV vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. However, if you are breastfeeding, you can receive the vaccine. Come in and speak with us if you have any queries.
What is HPV?
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection which is very common and usually goes away by itself. Sometimes it can become serious, and is responsible for nearly all cases of genital warts and cervical cancer, as well as most anal and vaginal cancers, and some vulva and penile cancers. It is spread through contact with genital skin that has tiny breaks in it.
Unfortunately, serious forms of HPV cancer show few, if any, symptoms until it has already caused serious health concerns. Regular check ups are important, and pap tests can help detect abnormal cell changes indicative of cancerous growth. If you have any concerns, please come in and speak with us.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
For information on other vaccines, see also: