What is HPV?
HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses.
There are many types of HPV, some of which are called "high risk" because they are linked to the development of cancers, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer, genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck.
Other types can cause conditions like genital warts and warts or verruca’s which occur on the hands and feet.
High risk types of HPV can be found in more than 99% of cervical cancers.
There is a lesser association between HPV and some of the anal and genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck.
HPV infections do not usually cause any symptoms, and most people will not know they are infected.
HPV Vaccine Overview
The HPV vaccine helps protect against cancers caused by HPV, including:
- cervical cancer
- some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers
- some cancers of the anal and genital areas
It also helps protect against genital warts.
Girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years are routinely offered the 1st HPV vaccination when they are in school Year 8 as part of the NHS Vaccination Schedule. The 2nd dose is offered 6 to 24 months after the 1st dose.
It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to be properly protected.
If you are eligible and missed the HPV vaccine in school Year 8, you can have it free on the NHS up until your 25th birthday. From the age of 14 years and upwards 3 vaccinations are required for protection.
Unfortunately, anyone over the age of 25 years cannot avail of the HPV vaccine for free on the NHS but may obtain the vaccine privately through our vaccination service.
Which stores provide HPV Vaccine?
An appointment can be made to have the HPV vaccination in any of our stores across Northern Ireland.
The HPV Vaccine is appointment based only. To book an appointment please click the 'Apply Online' button at the top of this page and complete the application form. A member of our vaccinations team will contact you to organise your appointment.
The total number of vaccines required is dependent on age. If under 14 years, 2 vaccinations are required. Over 14 years, three vaccinations are required.
Vaccines individually cost £160. We provide a course of three vaccines for £450 saving a total of £30.
Once you have completed the application form by clicking the link above a member of our vaccinations team will confirm the total price with you.