HPV vaccine clinics

You can now get your Gardasil 9 vaccine right here on campus!

Student Health & Wellness will be holding the first HPV mobile vaccination clinic in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The schedule for Gardasil 9 is 0,2 and 6 months. Three vaccines total are needed. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Clinics 

Date Time Location
Monday, October 7 9am-2pm  Lemarchant Place Atrium 
Monday, December 2 1-4pm Room 303, Student's Union Building
Monday, March 4 1-4pm Room 303, Student's Union Building

The HPV vaccine wll be administered by students at the College of Pharmacy. 

Questions and answers

What is HPV?

There are over 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV), each one having a number to identify it, for example HPV-6, HPV-11, HPV-16 and HPV-18. Human papillomaviruses are viruses that can infect many parts of the body. Some types of HPV are sexually transmitted and can cause warts or other consequences such as cancer (e.g., cervical, penile and anal). The types of HPV that infect the anal and genital (anogenital) areas are not the same as the ones that infect other areas of the body such as the fingers, hands and face. The types which cause anogenital warts do not usually cause cancer.

The various types of HPV are often classified into low and high risk according to their association with cancer. The "low-risk" types are rarely associated with cancer. The "high-risk" types are more likely to lead to the development of cancer. Although certain types of HPV are associated with cancer, the development of HPV related cancer is considered a rare event

How can you protect yourself from getting HPV?

While condoms do not eliminate the risk of HPV infection, using a condom consistently and properly during vaginal, anal and oral sex decreases the chances of getting HPV or passing it on to your partner. You need to remember that a condom can only protect the area it covers so it may be possible to become infected by any uncovered warts (e.g., on the scrotum). Using a condom will also help to protect you from other sexually transmitted infections and reduce the chances of unintended pregnancies.

Other ways to lower your risk of infection include delaying sexual activity (waiting until you are older), limiting your number of sexual partners and considering your partners' sexual history as this can create a risk to yourself. (e.g. if they have had multiple partners previously).

 

What does the HPV vaccine protect against?

The HPV vaccine provides protection against four HPV types: two that cause approximately 70 per cent of all cervical cancers (HPV-16, HPV-18) and two that cause approximately 90 per cent of all anogenital warts in males and females (HPV-6, HPV-11). The vaccine prevents up to an additional 14% of anogenital cancers caused by the additional five HPV types (31, 33, 45, 52, 58) included in the vaccine.

Is the HPV vaccine safe?

Yes, the vaccines are safe. For all vaccines, the most common side effect is brief soreness at the site of injection. Also, you cannot become infected with HPV from the vaccines and the vaccines do not contain any antibiotics or preservatives, including mercury or thimerosal.

Is there a cost for the HPV vaccine?

Yes, the Gardasil 9 vaccine costs $205 per administration. This totals $615 for all 3 administrations needed.