We provide immunization against HPV under our services for Well Woman Examination/ Basic Health Check Up.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) spreads by direct skin and sexual contact and is responsible for cervical cancer as well as genital warts in women. HPV vaccination also provides protection against cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, oral cavity and throat. You should not be vaccinated if you are pregnant, have an allergy to yeast, or are ill. Side-effects to the vaccine are unknown but may cause mild redness, pain, bruising and swelling at the injection site.
Two vaccines which are licensed globally and are available in India:
1. A quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil™ marketed by Merck). A total of three doses at 0, 2 and 6 months are recommended
2. A bivalent vaccine (Cervarix™ marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline). Dose provided is at 0, 1 and 6 months with Cervarix™ (minimum interval of 4 weeks between the first and the second dose, and 24 weeks between the first and third dose).
The recommended age for initiation of vaccination is 9–12 years (only 2 doses at 0 and 6 months). Later vaccination is permitted up to the age of 26 years worldwide and 45 years in India [according to FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India) recommendation].
HPV vaccination and regular cervical screening is the most effective way to prevent cervical cancer.