Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two HPV vaccines available at PUSH: Cervarix and Gardasil.
How are the two HPV vaccines similar?
- Both vaccines are very effective against HPV types 16 and 18; HPV 16 and 18 cause various types of cancer, including cervical cancer.
- Both vaccines are very safe.
- Both vaccines are given as injections and require 3 doses over a 6-month period.
- Being vaccinated with either Cervarix or Gardasil prior to first sexual contact is recommended, but can still be helpful even if sexual contact has already occurred.
- Women who receive either vaccine should still seek routine cervical cancer screenings (Pap smears).
How are the two HPV vaccines different?
- Only Gardasil also protects against HPV types 6 and 11 that cause most genital warts in females and males.
- Only Gardasil has been tested and licensed for use in males.
- Only Gardasil has been tested and shown to protect against precancers of the vulva, vagina, and anus.
Who can receive the HPV vaccine?
- Gardasil: Recommended for males and females ages 9-26.
- Cervarix: Recommended for females ages 9-26.
Can I receive the HPV vaccine at PUSH?
- Students and eligible dependents can make an appointment at PUSH to receive the HPV vaccine (Cervarix and Gardasil).
- Students and eligible dependents can receive any HPV vaccine injections in the series at PUSH, even if the vaccine series was started at another location/office.
- Documentation may be requested to assure that injections are administered in the appropriate sequence and/or timing.