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The HPV vaccine is available to most people, but it is only offered free to people of a certain age or in certain situations.
In the past, the HPV vaccine was only available to girls. But from September 2019, it will be offered free in schools to girls and boys:
If you were offered the HPV vaccine but missed having it in school, you can have it free up to age 25 in England, Scotland and Wales. This applies to:
Your practice nurse or GP is the best person to speak with about having the vaccine.
Yes, there are different ways to have the HPV vaccine if you are 25 or over, depending on your individual situation.
You may choose to have the HPV vaccine privately. The Gardasil, Cervarix and Gardasil 9 vaccines are sometimes available from travel clinics, local pharmacies and other health centres. Each dose usually costs about £150.
You may be able to have the vaccine privately at your GP, but some surgeries will charge an extra administration fee. Check the full cost before you book an appointment.
Different places may only offer the HPV vaccine to people up to a certain age. For example, some pharmacies only offer it to people up to age 45. Check if there is an age limit wherever you want to book an appointment.
If you are a man who has sex with men, you may be able to get the HPV vaccine for free in sexual health clinics across the UK:
It is best to speak with a doctor or nurse at your local clinic for more details.
If you are a trans man or trans woman, you may be able to have the HPV vaccine free:
If you are a trans man who has previously had all doses of the HPV vaccine in school, you do not need the vaccine again.
There are some other people who may be offered the HPV vaccine free on a case-by-case basis, including:
If any of the above describe you and you want the HPV vaccine, speak with your nurse or doctor about having it.
You should not have the HPV vaccine if:
If you feel unwell and have a high temperature when you are due to have the HPV vaccine, you should have it another time. This is to avoid confusing the illness with any side effects of the vaccine.
If you are unsure about whether you should have the HPV vaccine, it is best to speak with your nurse or doctor.
We’ve answered some commonly asked questions about the HPV vaccine, including more about who can have the vaccine and why.
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