£165 per dose

HPV Vaccination

The HPV vaccine protects against several strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer in women, anal and penile cancer in men, and genital warts in both sexes.

About the HPV vaccine

  • What does the recent schedule change mean? The NHS has changed it’s guidance on how many HPV vaccinations are required. If you are starting a new course most people will only require 2 doses, if you started a course before 1st April you should continue on your current schedule. Your nurse will be able to advise the most appropriate schedule for you. More information can be found in our FAQs.
  • Who can get vaccinated? It is best to get vaccinated before you have sex for the first time as this means you are protected before you are first exposed to HPV. You will still benefit from the vaccine if you have had sex.
  • How much does it cost? Each dose of the HPV vaccine is £165.
    Save money by buying your full course up  front! (£329 for a 2 dose course, £469 for a 3 dose course)
  • Boosters: Boosters are not currently recommended.
  • How it is given? Injection in the upper arm.
  • Side effects: You may experience mild side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, headache or fever.
  • Age restrictions: The HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) is suitable for children over the age of nine, and women and men up to the age of 45.
  • Additional precautions: Use a condom every time you have sex to reduce the chance of catching HPV as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Women should attend cervical screening (smear tests) regularly.

Prices

Per Dose £165 per dose
Doses per course 2 - 3
Price per course £330 - £495
Full course upfront £330 - £469
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How it Works

Attend consultation

During your appointment, our nurse or pharmacist will assess your needs.

Get your treatment

Once our expert health advisor has assessed your needs, you'll receive your vaccination(s) and/or antimalarials straight away.

Frequently Asked Question

How many doses of the HPV vaccine do I need?

The Government guidance on the schedule for HPV vaccination (Gardasil®, Gardasil®9 and Cervarix®) has been updated.

Patients who started their HPV schedule before 1st April 2022 should continue on the planned 3 dose schedule in line with The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance.

Those who started before 1st April 2022 whose schedule is interrupted or delayed for an interval of 6 months or more between their first and second dose, can have the option to complete as a 2 or 3 dose schedule if applicable.

New patients can choose to follow a 3-dose schedule (dose two at 4 weeks, third dose 4-6 months following), or follow the updated guidance with a two-dose schedule (second dose 6-24 months after the first). The two-dose schedule is “off-label” as it is different to the terms of its license.

Does the new schedule apply if I've already started a course of HPV?

Patients who started their HPV schedule before 1st April 2022 should continue on the planned 3 dose schedule in line with The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) guidance.

Those who started before 1st April 2022 whose schedule is interrupted or delayed for an interval of 6 months or more between their first and second dose, can have the option to complete as a 2 or 3 dose schedule if applicable.

New patients can choose to follow a 3-dose schedule (dose two at 4 weeks, third dose 4-6 months following), or follow the updated guidance with a two-dose schedule (second dose 6-24 months after the first). The two-dose schedule is “off-label” as it is different to the terms of its license.

For existing patients, if you would like to discuss this in more detail, please book a Nurse call back appointment by calling 03333111007.

Our lines are open from:
Monday – Friday (8am- 7pm)
Saturday (9am – 5pm)
Sunday (10am – 4pm)

If your schedule requires changing and you have pre-paid for the course of Gardasil 9, Superdrug will refund the third dose at £139.  Please book a Nurse call back appointment by calling 03333111007 if this applies to you, please DO NOT go to the clinic without an appointment as the nurse may not be available to support you.

What is the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is offered to children between the ages of 12 and 13 as part of the NHS vaccination programme but it is also recommended for men and women up to and including the age of 45 in order to help protect them against these diseases. Anyone up until age 25 is eligible to receive the vaccine for free on the NHS.

The HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) protects against the HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. Types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts. Genital warts are benign growths which occur in the genital area. They are not dangerous but they need to be treated, and you can also pass them onto other sexual partners. Once you have been infected, you may remain contagious for life and the warts can recur at any point in life, especially if your immune system is weakened. Types 16 and 18 (and others) are the primary cause of cervical cancer in women and they are also associated with cancers of the vagina, throat, penis and anus.

HPV is an extremely common infection and over three quarters of sexually active women contract it at some point in their lives.

Who is this service for?

Superdrug Health Clinics operate a convenient vaccination service for both women and men. Anyone up to and including the age of 45 can use this service, if they would like to start a course of the HPV vaccine or complete a course that was started at school. For men, the vaccination will help prevent against the most common cause of genital warts, and it also protects against some types of cancer.

Almost everyone can have the HPV vaccine. It is not suitable for pregnant women but it is suitable for breastfeeding women. We do not provide the vaccine to men and women over the age of 45.

You cannot have the vaccine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients:

  • Sodium chloride
  • L-histidine
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Sodium borate

It is licensed for use in children from the age of 9.

How is the HPV vaccine given?

The HPV vaccine is given as an injection. The injections are given in the upper arm. Although the vaccine is usually tolerated well, redness and soreness at the injection site may occur.

What is HPV?

The human papilloma virus HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. In many cases, infection does not cause any symptoms, but it can cause genital warts, and even lead to genital cancers, including cervical cancer (the second most common form of cancer in young women).

HPV is transmitted during sexual contact. The infection often clears by itself due to your body’s immune response. In some cases, however, the infection persists and remains unnoticed. In these cases, it could lead to cancerous lesions. HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer and infection with certain types of HPV greatly increases your risk of getting cervical cancer.

The use of condoms reduces your risk of contracting HPV. However, condoms are not 100% effective at preventing HPV infection as the virus can be present on the skin in the entire genital area.

Can I safely have sex without the HPV vaccine?

Condoms can help prevent you catching HPV from infected individuals during sex but they aren’t as reliable as getting vaccinated.

The British Journal of Cancer states that “Most HPV infections of the cervix are asymptomatic and more than 90% of detected infections are cleared within 2 years.”

We recommend you always practice safe sex even after the vaccine as it doesn’t protect against other sexual transmitted infections.

What about Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)?

Don’t forget you will still need to go for your Cervical Screening (smear test) even after vaccination. If you have any symptoms you are worried about, such as abnormal bleeding, we recommend you see a health professional as soon as possible.

Should men get the HPV vaccine?

HPV is associated with certain types of penile and throat cancer, as well as genital warts. The vaccine will lower your risk of developing these types of cancer while also protecting you from genital warts, a very common sexually transmitted disease. As with women, it is best to get vaccinated early on in life before you have been infected with any type of HPV. The NHS offers free vaccinations to all 12 and 13-year-olds in school Year 8. Those who missed their HPV vaccination in school Year 8 can continue to have the vaccine on the NHS up to their 25th birthday

What are the side effects of the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccination can cause temporary side effects in some patients. Possible side effects include headache, fever, nausea and dizziness. You may also notice some redness, swelling, itching, bruising or redness at the site of injection.

As with other vaccines, we may ask you to remain at the clinic for observation for 15 minutes after the injection has been administered.

Can I get the HPV vaccine free of charge from the NHS?

The HPV vaccine is part of the NHS national immunisation programme and is available for both boys and girls in schools in the UK, and for some men who have sex with men.

Children are usually offered the HPV vaccine in school in year 8. The second dose will follow 6-24 months later. However, they remain eligible to have the vaccination for free until they turn 25.

For more information please see the NHS website here.