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Benefits & Contraindications of the HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccine

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common viral infection in the UK and also the leading cause of cervical cancer in women. There are over 100 varieties of the HPV virus, such as the kind that cause verruca, but usually the type being referred to is genital HPV.

Genital HPV can infect both men and women and is spread through skin-to-skin contact. The HPV virus is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases in the UK and is present in 99% of cervical cancer cases. HPV has also been associated with vaginal, penile, mouth, anal, and throat cancers.

An HPV infection often does not present with any symptoms, meaning most people will not even realize that they have it. Additionally, in the case of cervical cancer, it can take up to 20 years for it to develop after HPV is contracted. Much like HPV, early cervical cancer doesn’t cause symptoms, so it is even harder to detect HPV and cervical cancer if a woman does not get regular pap smears.

How to Prevent HPV

Practicing safe, monogamous sex is one method of limiting the chances of exposure, but the best way to prevent an HPV infection is through getting a Human Papillomavirus vaccination. The HPV vaccine is administered in two doses and is recommended for boys and girls aged 9-12. It can also be given to teens and adults as it has been shown to provide protection to all age groups.  

The HPV vaccine is especially important for women. When both doses are received, the vaccine can provide nearly 100% protection against the cervical cancer-causing strain of HPV.

Are There Side Effects to the HPV Vaccination?

Extensive studies have all concluded that the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine is safe but like with any medication there can be side effects. They tend to be rare and the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the drawbacks.

Some of the most common side effects reported include:

  • Pain or swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine, or the HPV vaccine, is a vital vaccination for women to prevent cervical cancer and is available through Touchwood Pharmacy. Touchwood Pharmacy have been trading for over a decade throughout southern England and provide comprehensive prescription and vaccination services. Call or book an HPV vaccination online today at https://www.touchwoodpharmacy.com/