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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in London

Protect yourself against HPV Virus
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Basic Information

What is the HPV and what causes it?
HPV is a common viral infection affecting approximately 8 out of 10 individuals in their lifetime. It is passed via sexual intercourse including vaginal, anal and oral. It can also be passed via skin-to-skin sexual contact.

There are over 100 different strains of the HPV virus. The majority of HPV strains are low risk and may cause no symptoms, or may cause warts on or around the genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. There are higher risk strains including HPV 16 and HPV 18 that can cause different types of cancer including cervical, anal, penial, head, neck and throat cancers.

HPV affects both males and females, and both can develop HPV related cancers.

How to minimize the risk of contracting HPV?
Although it is not possible to completely protect yourself against HPV, there are things that you can do to significantly reduce the risk including using condoms although as condoms do not cover the whole genital area they are not completely effective.

The most effective source of protection is to get the HPV vaccination which will protect you against the most common and most high-risk strains. It is a highly effective vaccination.

If you are a woman, it is also important to also have regular cervical screening for cervical cancer.

What drugs are used?

At London Vaccination Clinic we provide the Gardasil 9 vaccination.
Gardasil 9 protects against 9 types of HPV: 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. Types 16 and 18 accounts for more than 80% of cervical cancer cases in the UK. Types 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 cause an additional 15% of cervical cancers.

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Administration Method

An inactive vaccine given by injection into the deltoid muscle of your arm. Vaccine Name is Gardasil 9.


2 doses 6-24 months apart.

Length of Protection

Current studies suggest that protection is maintained for at least ten years. Based on the immune responses from these studies, it is expected that protection will be extended further and maybe lifelong; long-term follow-up studies are in place.

Special Instructions

Vaccination is recommended for both males and females. Ideally vaccination should be given before the age of 25 to ensure best protection due to possible exposure.

Dose & Price

The vaccine costs £185 per dose. Two doses are usually required. In some cases three doses may be required, our nurses will be able to advise you of this at your appointment.

Side Effects

Pain, swelling and soreness at the site of injection. You may also experience headache, dizziness, nausea, fever, fatigue.


Does immunisation hurt?
Not all vaccinations are delivered by needle. But whenever they are, we bring all our considerable expertise into play to make sure it hurts as little as possible. Modern needles are so fine they hurt a lot less than the old fashioned versions used to. You shouldn’t feel anything worse than a sharp prick.
What if I have an abnormal reaction?
We don’t just vaccinate you and abandon you! If you don’t feel well afterwards or experience an abnormal reaction, phone us or come straight back in and we’ll check you out.
Will I get a vaccination record card?
Yes, and it’ll act as a record of the vaccinations you’ve been given. The cards include information about how long the vaccination is effective and your booster dates. If you already have a vaccination record card, bring it to your consultation so we can check your immunisation history.

Meet the Team

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM


“Quick, friendly, and professional! I also loved the fact that the specialist gave me pricing options (as I had to take a few vaccines at once) and could answer all of my questions.”

Melia Lilembo Mazamba

“Quick, reliable, and well priced immunisation service. Highly recommend!”
Alex Karroum
“Good service – put my mind at ease. The nurse was very good and very knowledgeable so could answer all of my queries. Overall, very easy, quick, and friendly process. Would recommend.”