Vaccines against HPV and Cervical Cancer, Genital Warts, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Gardasil Vaccinations: HPV, Cervical Cancer and Genital Warts

Better2Know provides two Gardasil vaccinations to protect against HPV. The Gardasil 4 vaccine protects against types 6,11,16 and 18. Genital warts are generally caused by types 6 and 11, affecting both men and women. Types 16 and 18 are the main causes of cervical cancer. Whilst cervical cancer affects women only, the virus can still be transmitted by men.

As well as the four types of HPV which are vaccinated against using Gardasil 4, many Better2Know clinics also offer the Gardasil 9 vaccine. Gardasil 9 is the only vaccine to protect against nine types of HPV: 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. Collectively, these types of HPV are responsible for most HPV-related cancers and diseases.

Gardasil vaccines will help to prevent cervical, vaginal, vulval and anal cancers and genital warts. Gardasil will not protect you against any HPV types that you may already have, nor will it provide protection for all the high-risk types of the virus. It is therefore important for women to continue to attend routine smear tests and have routine HPV tests as well. Gardasil is licensed for women aged 9 to 26. However, anyone can choose to be vaccinated privately.

The Gardasil vaccine is given in the upper arm or thigh and you will require three doses to be fully protected. The second dose is given one to two months after the first dose. The third dose is six to twelve months after the first dose. You do not have to go to the same clinic each time. You will also require a booster dose; current research recommends that this takes place once every five years. You do not need to have an HPV test prior to your vaccination but Better2Know can arrange a private HPV test for you if you would like to know your status.

Your Better2Know doctor will assess your general health before the vaccination. They may recommend postponing the procedure if you have a high temperature, feel unwell or have been allergic to vaccines in the past.

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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease more commonly found in developing countries. It can be transmitted by anal intercourse, poor hygiene practices, sharing needles, as well as through dirty water.

If you want to protect yourself from Hepatitis A infection you should have two doses of the vaccine. The first dose protects for one year, but having a second dose six to twelve months after the first dose, increases your immunity to twenty years before you need a booster.

You do not need to have a Hepatitis A test before you have the vaccination, but the vaccine will not protect you against the virus if already have it.  

Your Better2Know doctor will check your general health before the vaccination and may recommend postponing it if you have a high temperature, feel unwell or have been allergic to vaccines in the past. Your Better2Know doctor will check these with you. The vaccine is given in the upper arm or thigh.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease. It is very contagious and can be transmitted by sexual intercourse, sharing needles, and from mother to baby. Anyone who is exposed to blood inthe course of their employment (e.g. doctors, nurses, dentists, laboratory technicians) is strongly advised to have this vaccine as they are more likely to have a needle stick injury.  The vaccine is also recommended for men who have sex with men (MSM). 

You need three doses of vaccine to be fully protected. The second dose is given one month after the first, and the third dose is given six months after the first dose. If you need protection faster than that, you can have the quick course: with the second dose given one week later and the third dose at three weeks later, but you will need a booster dose one year after this.

Your Better2Know doctor will check your general health before the vaccination and may recommend postponing it if you have a high temperature or feel unwell or have been allergic to vaccines in the past. Your Better2Know doctor will check these with you. The vaccine is given in the upper arm or thigh.

You are also advised to have a Hepatitis B immunity test at least one month after the third vaccine to check to see if the vaccine has worked.  Better2Know can arrange this test and any certificates you might need.

Other vaccines

If you need any other vaccines, Better2Know will be happy to help you. These can be provided by special arrangement. Please contact our booking team by telephone to discuss your requirements.