Protect yourself from HPV!

New at Vaccination Point: the HPV vaccine!

In recent years, the HPV vaccine has become increasingly well-known as an essential tool in the fight against cervical cancer and other cancers caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Nowadays, you can also easily get this vaccine from Vaccination Point. In this blog, we discuss what exactly the HPV vaccine is, why it is so important, and how you can get vaccinated.

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus transmitted mainly through sexual contact. There are more than 100 different types of the virus, some of which are carcinogenic. These types can lead to cervical cancer, as well as other cancers such as anal cancer, penile cancer and throat and mouth cancer.

What is the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is a vaccination that protects against the most common and high-risk types of the HPV virus. Several types of HPV vaccines are available, including Gardasil and Cervarix. These vaccines protect mainly against HPV types 16 and 18, which account for about 70% of all cervical cancer cases. Some vaccines, such as Gardasil 9, also provide protection against other types that can cause genital warts and other cancers.

Why is the HPV vaccine important?

  1. Prevention of Cancer: The HPV vaccine provides a high level of protection against the types of HPV that cause most forms of cervical cancer. This can significantly reduce the risk of developing this serious disease.
  2. Broad spectrum of protection: Besides cervical cancer, the vaccine also protects against other types of cancers caused by HPV, such as anal and genital cancers, as well as some head and neck cancers.
  3. Early Vaccination, Effective Prevention: The vaccine is most effective when administered before a person becomes sexually active, usually around the age of 12 to 13 years. However, even for older adolescents and adults, the vaccine can still provide valuable protection.

How can you get the HPV vaccine?

People born before 1996 are most likely already vaccinated against HPV through the National Vaccination Programme. However, there are many people outside the national vaccination programme who would like to be protected against the disease. At Vaccination Point, you can easily make an appointment for vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). Make an appointment at a Vaccination Point location near you today and protect yourself against HPV! 

Click here for more information on HPV and to make your appointment!