Cervical cancer is a cancer type occurring in the cells in your cervix – the part of the uterus connected to 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, however, 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. You can get this vaccine from EuroMed Clinic Dubai, where we first perform the necessary screening to determine the amount of dose you need and then proceed to vaccination.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the HPV Vaccine?
- 2 What does the HPV Vaccine do?
- 3 Who is a Candidate for HPV Vaccination?
- 4 Who should not Get the HPV Vaccine?
- 5 Cervical Cancer FAQ’s
- 6 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 neither does this vaccine contain a weaker strain of the HPV virus nor 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, aluminum, 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 stimulate the production of antibodies like other immunizations 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 Vaccine helps prevent infections caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 by stimulating immunoglobulin G-type antibodies.
Having that said, neither do these vaccines immunize 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 years 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 nine and fourteen years who have received two vaccine shots with a gap of fewer than six months in between will need a third dose.
- Individuals between 9 and 26 years with weaker immune systems will also need three HPV vaccine shots.
HPV vaccination is generally not recommended for individuals older than 26 years. There is a high chance that those individuals are already infected with HPV. So, a vaccine wouldn’t be of a significant benefit for them.
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 had 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.
Additionally, HPV vaccination is not recommended for moderately or severely ill individuals. Such people should wait until they recover.
Cervical Cancer FAQ’s
Can you get the HPV vaccine in Dubai?
Yes, the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 is available across all of the reputable clinics in Dubai. You should vaccinate yourself or your child to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
Can you get the HPV vaccine at any age?
No, doctors do not recommend the HPV vaccine to everyone above 26. And people who are allowed to get this vaccine above 26 can get it until 45 years of age.
How much does the HPV vaccine cost?
The average cost of the HPV vaccine at our clinic in Dubai is AED 1200. You can get a more precise estimate during the meeting with our gynecologist.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you want to get vaccinated against cervical cancer? EuroMed Clinic Dubai is the medical facility you can trust. All you have to do is book a consultation using the form below.