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How is the HPV vaccine given?

The HPV vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm.

The HPV vaccine is given to girls and boys at secondary school aged 12 to 13 (school year 8) as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme and to people at higher risk from HPV.

Girls and boys who have been offered the HPV vaccine in school year 8, but have missed the vaccination at school can get their vaccine until they are 25.

Speak to your school nurse, school immunisation team or GP practice about getting the vaccine if you missed it at school.

Do I have to consent to the HPV vaccine?

Girls and boys in year 8 at school usually receive a letter or email about the vaccine and a consent form before they are due to have the vaccine. Although a parent or legal guardian is asked to give consent, it is up to the person being offered the vaccine whether they have it or not.

The HPV vaccine will help to protect from HPV infection and cancers caused by HPV.

The HPV vaccination: doses and timings

Gardasil 9 is the HPV vaccine given in Wales.

People who are eligible and under 25 will only need one dose of the vaccine. Once they have received one dose, they will be fully vaccinated and will not require any further doses of the HPV vaccine.

A small number of people who have a weakened immune system or who have HIV will need to have three doses of HPV vaccine to be protected.

Last Updated: 17/02/2022 16:04:09
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website