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How is the HPV vaccine given?

Like most injections (jabs or jags), the HPV vaccine is injected into your upper arm.

If you are under 15 years old

If you are under 15 years old, you will have 2 separate doses of the HPV vaccine:

  1. You have the first dose of the vaccine.
  2. ou have the second dose anytime between 6 to 12 months after the first dose. However, you can have it up to 24 months after the first dose.

If you are age 15 or older

If you are older than 15 or will turn 15 during the time you are having the HPV vaccine, you will have 3 separate doses of the HPV vaccine. This is to make sure the vaccine works as well as possible, because the response to two doses is not as good in older girls.

  1. You have the first dose of the HPV vaccine.
  2. You have the second dose after 2 months.
  3. You have the third dose after another 4 months.

In total, it will take 6 months to have all the doses.

Date last updated: 
06 Jul 2018
Date due for review: 
13 Sep 2019

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