The HPV vaccination is for for men and women and helps protect against cervical cancer, genital warts & some other types of cancers.
Protect yourself and your family from genital warts and certain types of cancer by getting the HPV virus.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world and there is no treatment. That’s why getting the HPV vaccine is so important.
Visit your local branch of Whitworth’s Pharmacy to find out more about the HPV vaccine.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common type of virus which affects your skin and the moist membranes that line your body. This includes your mouth, throat, genitals, cervix, vagina, penis and anus.
There are many different types of this virus and most are harmless. However, some can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, penis, anus and throat. It can affect both men and women and is spread during sex or skin-to-skin contact with the genitals.
HPV has no symptoms so there’s no way of knowing whether you have it.
The HPV vaccination is suitable for men and women. The NHS recommends that everyone from the age of 11 receives the vaccine before they become sexually active. This is because the vaccine only prevents new infections and can’t treat existing infections.
Approximately 80% of sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives so this is why we believe that being vaccinated against HPV offers the best protection against the virus.
HPV vaccinations are routinely offered to secondary school children aged 12 to 13 (11 to 12 in Scotland) as part of the NHS Childhood Vaccination Programme. However, if your child is outside of this age range and you would like to arrange a vaccination, then Whitworth is here to help.
1. Book your vaccination
Pop into your local branch or pick up the phone to book your appointment.
2. Attend your appointment
When you come into the pharmacy, you’ll be taken to a private consultation room and the pharmacy will ask you questions about your child’s medical history and any medicines they’re taking. They will also tell you more about the HPV vaccination service and allow you to ask any questions.
Children aged 12-14 will require two doses of the HPV vaccination- the first on their initial visit and the second between 5-13 months later.
Children over 15 years old will require three doses- the first on their initial visit, the second two months later and the third six months after the first appointment.
It's important to have all the prescribed doses of the vaccine to be properly protected.
If your child is eligible and missed the HPV vaccine in school Year 8, they can have it free on the NHS up until their 25th birthday.
At Whitworth, we provide HPV vaccinations for both adults and children (12 plus) so to find out more about HPV and to book your vaccination, contact your local branch.
1. Is there a cost for the HPV vaccination?
There is a charge for the HPV vaccination as this is a private service. Contact your local branch for more information.
2. How long does the HPV vaccination appointment take?
Your appointments will take between 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you have any questions or whether we need to take your medical history, etc.
3. Does the HPV vaccination have any side effects?
As with other types of vaccine, you may experience minor side effects such as redness, swelling or tenderness where you received your vaccinations. Occasionally, you may experience bruising, fever, headaches, dizziness or nausea. Find out more about the HPV vaccine here.