What is HPV Vaccine?

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil™, protects against 2 types of Human Papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers and a number of less common cancers such as cancers of the anus, penis, vagina and vulva. It also protects against 2 types of HPV that cause genital warts.

Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is provided free to girls in B.C. in grade 6 because:

  • Girls are best protected when they get the HPV vaccine before they become sexually active.
  • The vaccine prevents HPV infection but does not get rid of it once the infection occurs.
  • In teenage girls, the lining of the reproductive tract is still developing. This makes it easier for them to get infected with HPV

Girls born in 1994 or later who missed getting the HPV vaccine may contact their local health unit to get vaccinated at no cost.

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil™, is also approved for but not provided free to the following people:

  • Females between the ages of 9 and 45 years
  • Males between the ages of 9 and 26 years

and can be obtained to talking to one of our physicians.

It is best to get the HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active and coming in contact with HPV; however, people who are sexually active may still benefit from the vaccine. The vaccine does not treat HPV infections.

Benefits of HPV Vaccine
In those who have never been infected with HPV, the Gardasil™ vaccine prevents:

  • 7 out of 10 cases of cancer of the cervix
  • 9 out of 10 cases of genital warts

The vaccine is safe, very effective and has few side effects.

For more information visit www.gardasil.com