Richmond Practice - Cervarix/ Gardasil - Vaccine against Cervical Cancer

Cervarix/ Gardasil - Vaccine against Cervical Cancer


Cervarix and Gardasil are now available at Richmond Practice. It is the first vaccine that protects against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer in women. Here below more information about:

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • What Cervarix/ Gardasil does
  • Who should get vaccinated?
  • Important other information about Gardasil
  • Will you miss-out on the government’s initiative to be vaccinated?
  • Cost

What is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)?

HPV is a common virus that is contracted through sexual intercourse. There are more than 100 types of HPV  and they infect the genital area. Some of them are the main cause of cervical cancer. They can also cause pre-cancerous lesions and genital warts.

What Gardasil does

Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18, Cervarix protects agains HPV types 16 and 18. Types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancers and types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts. The vaccines may not provide protection against all types of HPV to which a woman has already been exposed, but most people are not infected by all HPV types against which the vaccines protect.

Who should get vaccinated?

The vaccines are for girls and young women between the ages of  9 to 26. It works when given before you have any contact with HPV.

If you've already been infected with HPV, you may still benefit from the vaccines, as it is unlikely to be infected with all types of the virus covered by the vaccine.

Females who are sexually active may also benefit as they might not have acquired the types of HPV for which the vaccines offer protection.

Important other information about Cervarix and Gardasil

  • Cervarix/ Gardasil may not fully protect everyone, so it is important to continue regular cervical cancer screenings 
  • The vaccines are not recommended for women who are pregnant
  • The vaccines will not treat cervical cancer and genital warts and will not protect against diseases caused by other HPV types
  • Cervarix and Gardasil are given as 3 injections over 6 months
  • The vaccines are not yet licensed for men
  • The length of vaccine protection is not known yet. To date research shows that it protects for at least 5 years. It is possible that a booster may be needed at some point in the future to maintain protection

Will you miss out on the government’s initiative to vaccinate against cervical cancer?

The government announced in 2007 that Cervarix will be available on the NHS for girls aged 12 and 13 from September 2008. There will also be a catch-up campaign for girls up to age 18 from autumn 2009.

This means that girls currently age 17 and over will miss-out on the vaccine all together and girls age 14 to 17 are at risk of contracting HPV, before the catch-up campaign is implemented.


Cervarix: Three injections for £126 each, with no additional consultation charge.

Gardasil: Three injections for £140 each, with no additional consultation charge.


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