What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of your cervix, the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. This cancer is caused by several strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.
Often, the HPV virus is countered promptly by the body’s immune system. In some cases, this virus survives the immune system response and lives in the body for years. And while doing so, it may cause some cervical cells to become cancerous.
Fortunately, HPV vaccination has proved to be a viable way to reduce cervical cancer risk.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Cervical Cancer?
- 2 What is the HPV Vaccine?
- 3 What Does the HPV Vaccine Do?
- 4 Who is a Candidate for HPV Vaccination?
- 5 Who Should Not Get the HPV Vaccine?
- 6 Cervical Cancer FAQ’s
- 7 Schedule a Consultation
What is the HPV Vaccine?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil 9 consists of particles that resemble real HPVs minus the viral genetic material, meaning that the vaccine does not contain live virus or its DNA. Hence, these particles are non-infectious. These are called Virus-Like Particles (VLPs) because they resemble the HPV virus.
Other ingredients in this vaccine are salt, aluminium, water, Polysorbate 80, borax, and L-histidine. The VLPs help prevent cervical cancer, while the rest of the ingredients keep the vaccine stable.
What Does the HPV Vaccine Do?
HPV vaccines, like other immunisations, stimulate the production of antibodies that prevent viral infections. These antibodies guard your body against HPV attacks by binding to the virus and preventing it from infecting your cells. The characteristic of being highly immunogenic prompts VLPs in these vaccines to induce high-level antibody production.
Gardasil 9 is designed to prevent infections specifically from HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, primarily through stimulating immunoglobulin G-type antibodies.
Having said that, neither do these vaccines immunise your body against other STDs, nor do they cure infections or diseases caused by HPV.
Who is a Candidate for HPV Vaccination?
HPV vaccines are highly recommended for individuals aged between 11 and 12 years. Some doctors may even vaccinate nine year old kids. In general, all preteens should get HPV vaccines to remain protected from HPV infections in the future.
- The vaccination course during preteens generally involves two vaccine shots, both of them six months apart.
- Individuals who haven’t received the HPV vaccine during their preteens can get it anywhere between 15 and 26 years. They will need three shots instead of two.
- Children aged between 9 and 14 years who have received two vaccine shots with a gap of less than six months between them will need a third dose.
- Individuals between 9 and 26 years with weaker immune systems will also need three HPV vaccine shots.
- Individuals up to 45 years old can also receive the HPV vaccination, particularly if they have not been previously exposed to HPV, after consulting with their doctors about the vaccine’s suitability and effectiveness in their specific case.
Who Should Not Get the HPV Vaccine?
People who develop severe allergies to certain ingredients must consult their doctor before getting the HPV vaccine. Your doctor may recommend against vaccination if:
- You have suffered a severe allergic reaction to any of the components used in the HPV vaccine’s composition. The doctor will also want to know how your body responded to the previous HPV vaccine before proceeding to the next dose.
- You have a yeast allergy.
- You are pregnant.
- Individuals who are moderately or severely ill should postpone vaccination until recovery.
Cervical Cancer FAQ’s
Can you get the HPV vaccine in Dubai?
Yes, the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 is available at all reputable clinics in Dubai.
Can You Get the HPV Vaccine at Any Age?
While HPV vaccination is typically recommended for individuals before age 26, it can still be beneficial for those up to age 45, especially if they haven't been previously vaccinated
How much does the HPV vaccine cost?
The starting cost of the HPV vaccine in Dubai is AED 1200. You can get a more precise estimate during the meeting with our gynaecologist.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to get HPV vaccination in Dubai, Euromed Clinic is the medical facility you can trust. You can schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or giving us a call at +971 4 394 5422. You can also Whatsapp us on the same number.