The new cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil 9, is appropriate for females over 9 years of age. Gardasil 9 protects against viruses responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Two separate vaccinations are required if vaccination commences before 15 years of age. For maximum protection it is advisable to vaccinate before sexual activity commences. If you start vaccination after the age of 15, three vaccinations are required.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine or Gardasil 9 is licensed in the UK. It protects against cervical cancer and genital warts for females. Boys can be vaccinated too, to protect against genital warts and some genital and throat cancers. It is most effective if given before sexual activity starts. Cervical screening should continue. We give the vaccine by an injection into the arm.