1. What is HPV and why should I care?
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a group of viruses that causes warts and papillomas.
Surprisingly, scientists discovered that types 16 and 18 are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases1.
Therefore vaccination against these types greatly reduces the incidence of cervical cancer!
2. Are the vaccines safe?
Yes. The vaccines are not made up of the virus or any infectious material1.
3. Are the vaccines 100% effective in preventing cervical cancer?
Unfortunately like all vaccines, 100% protection is not possible.
That is why vaccinated women are strongly encouraged to continue going for Pap smears once every 3 years.
4. What are the different vaccines available in Singapore?
Gardasil and Cervarix are the only 2 approved for use in Singapore1.
Gardasil: Click here
Cervarix: Click here
5. What is the difference?
Gardasil vaccinates against 2 additional types of HPV - 6 and 11 - which are responsible for 90% of genital warts cases2.
6. Are there any side effects?
Most women do not experience side effects. However there are some reports of pain, swelling, itching and redness at the site of injection and generalized reactions including fever.
Reports of immediate fainting are rare.
Should you encounter any of these problems, inform your doctor immediately.
7. Who should NOT be vaccinated?
- are sensitive to yeast or to any of the vaccine components
- have a moderate or severe acute infectious illness
- have a bleeding disorder that causes you to bruise or bleed easily
- are on medication that thins your blood
Always consult your doctor first before deciding.
8. I'm pregnant, can I still be vaccinated?
No. HPV vaccination is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
If you’re pregnant midway through your vaccination course, it is recommended that you postpone the next dose till after your delivery.
9. I'm breastfeeding, can I still be vaccinated?
If you are vaccinated with Gardasil it is safe. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Cervarix as studies are still being conducted.
It is best to consult your doctor before making a decision.
10. I want to vaccinate my daughter, is it safe?
As long as your daughter is aged 9 to 26 (depends on vaccine administered) it is safe for her to be vaccinated.
If in doubt always consult your doctor.
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