The Government of British Columbia is launching a One-Time Vaccine Program for HPV Vaccine for women born in 1991, 1992, and 1993. This program is in addition to the school-based offering of HPV Vaccine which has been in place since September 2008, through which girls in grades 6 through 12 are eligible.
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine prevents precancerous changes and cancer of the cervix in women until about 25 years of age.
The vaccine is preventative, and does not treat already established HPV infection. Because HPV is sexually transmitted and is a common infection, the vaccine is most beneficial to use prior to the onset of sexual activity. However younger women, even those who are sexually active, are unlikely to have been infected with both strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer, types 16 and 18, and will benefit from vaccination.
The HPV vaccine (Cervarix) is a series of 3 injections. The first injection is given at time of initial appointment; the injection is repeated again in 1 month, then again in 6 months. The duration of protection by the vaccine is a minimum of 9.4 years.
The vaccine is provided free of charge to those young women turning 19, 20, and 21 years old in 2012.
Eligible patients do not need a prescription for the vaccination.
The vaccination can be done in our pharmacy by certified pharmacists with appointment.