HPV Vaccination – Gardasil 9
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HPV Vaccination – Gardasil 9
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JTS Medical Centre is now offering a Specialist Consultation & HPV vaccination Gardasil ® 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) a single shot for AED 925.  Multi-shot packages are available.  If you need any assistance or looking for an HPV vaccine – Gardasil 9 in Dubai, kindly contact our OB&GYN or Paediatric Department Tel: 04-3799954.

BACKGROUND

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are a very common family of viruses. More than 120 HPV types have been identified. Most HPV types infect the skin and cause common warts, such as those that occur on the hands and feet. Approximately 40 HPV types can infect mucosal cells, such as those on the genitals, mouth, and throat. Although most HPV infections are asymptomatic and resolve spontaneously or become undetectable, some HPV infections can persist and lead to cancer.

Persistent infections with high-risk (oncogenic) HPV types can cause :

  • Cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women;
  • Penile cancers in men
  • Oropharyngeal and anal cancers in both men and women.

Infection with low-risk (non-oncogenic) HPV types can cause :

  • Genital warts and rarely laryngeal papillomas.
  • These types can also cause benign or low-grade cervical cell abnormalities.

Of women diagnosed with HPV cancer, cervical cancer is the most common.  Cancers could be prevented with vaccination.

More about HPV

HPV is a virus passed from one person to another during skin-to-skin sexual contact. Most of the time, the body naturally fights off HPV, before HPV causes any health problems. But in some cases, the body does not fight off HPV, and HPV can cause health problems, like cancer and genital warts

HPV Vaccine Recommendations

The HPV (Gardasil) vaccine is routinely recommended for adolescents (age 11 or 12 years). Vaccination is also recommended for females ages 13 through 26 years and males ages 13 through 21 years who were not adequately vaccinated when they were younger.

Ideally, adolescents should be vaccinated before they are exposed to HPV. However, people who have already been infected with one or more HPV types can still get protection from other HPV types in the vaccine.

Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine in Dubai

HPV Vaccine Safety

HPV vaccines are very safe. Scientific research shows the benefits of HPV vaccination far outweigh the potential risks. Like all medical interventions, vaccines can have some side effects. The most common side effects associated with HPV vaccines are mild and include pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given.

Patients should be observed for 15 minutes after receiving any shot, including the HPV vaccine.

HPV Vaccine Effectiveness & Duration

HPV vaccines work extremely well. Decreases in vaccine-type prevalence, genital warts, and cervical dysplasia have been observed in countries with HPV vaccination programs.

Studies suggest that HPV vaccines offer long-lasting protection against HPV infection and therefore disease caused by HPV infection. Studies of the bivalent and quadrivalent vaccines have followed vaccinated individuals for around ten years, and so far have found no evidence of protection decreasing over time. The duration of protection provided by HPV vaccination will continue to be studied.

HPV Vaccine Dosing Schedules

If the first dose of any HPV vaccine is given before the 15th birthday, vaccination should be completed according to a 2-dose schedule. In a 2-dose series, the second dose is recommended 6–12 months after the first dose (0, 6– 12-month schedule).

If the first dose of any HPV vaccine is given on or after the 15th birthday, vaccination should be completed according to a 3-dose schedule. In a 3-dose series, the second dose is recommended 1–2 months after the first dose, and the third dose is recommended 6 months after the first dose (0,2, 6-month schedule).

Although minimum intervals are stated in the dosing schedule, there is no maximum interval. There is no reason to restart the vaccine series if the HPV vaccine schedule is interrupted; patients who have exceeded the minimum interval for the next dose by months or even years may be given the next dose needed.

HPV vaccines should not be given to…

  • Patients with a history of allergies to any vaccine component.
  • The quadrivalent vaccine (4vHPV) and nine-valent vaccine (9vHPV) are not recommended for people with immediate hypersensitivity to yeast.
  • Bivalent vaccine (2vHPV) is not recommended for people with anaphylaxis caused by latex.
  • Patients with moderate or severe acute illnesses. In these cases, patients should wait until the illness improves before getting vaccinated.
  • Pregnant women. However, HPV vaccines have not been shown to cause any adverse pregnancy outcomes or adverse events for the mother or her developing fetus.
  • If a woman is found to be pregnant after starting the HPV vaccine series, second and/or third doses should be delayed, and given after she is no longer pregnant.
  • Pregnancy testing is not needed before vaccination. If a pregnant woman does receive the HPV vaccine, no intervention is needed.