HPV Vaccination Service
For men and women. Helps protect against cervical cancer, genital warts and some other types of cancers
What is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)?
HPV is a common virus with over 100 types, most of which are harmless.
In most cases, your immune system will be able to get rid of it. However, sometimes a HPV infection can persist and it can lead to certain types of cancer, as well as genital warts.
Four out of five sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives*, so it makes sense to vaccinate against it.
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the HPV virus. High risk types 16 and 18 are known to be responsible for 70% of all cases of cervical cancer and types 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 are responsible for a further 20%.
Genital warts are the second most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England.**
These are small, fleshy bumps that appear on or around the genital or anal area.
Although they may cause distress and may be unsightly, they aren’t usually considered harmful to health. Around 90% of genital warts are caused by HPV virus types 6 and 11.
In both men and women, infection with HPV can increase the risk of developing anal cancer and some cancers of the head and neck.
It can also increase the risk of developing cancer of the vagina and vulva in women and cancer of the penis in men. However, these cancers are less common and other factors are often involved.
Genital HPV infection is very common and is caught through intimate sexual contact with another person who already carries the virus.
It’s important to take precautions against sexually transmitted infections (eg by using condoms). Even if you use condoms there is still a risk you can catch HPV because the virus lives on the skin in and around the genital area and can be spread even if you don’t have full, penetrative sex.
Anybody who is sexually active is at risk of contracting a HPV infection. As there may be no symptoms, you can be infected with the virus for years without knowing it.
The risk of becoming infected does increase with the number of sexual partners, and is more likely if you’ve started having sex at a younger age. However, even people who have only had one sexual partner can be infected with HPV.
Certain factors are known to increase the risk of HPV infections developing into cervical cancer or HPV related anal cancers. These include:
- Having a weakened immune system, eg by taking certain medicines or by being HIV positive
In women, the risk of cervical cancer is also increased by:
- Having multiple children (seven or more)***
- Having a first child under the age of 17***
- Using oral contraceptive for five years or more***
- Having sex with other men
- Having sexual partners from different countries that don’t offer national vaccination programmes against HPV
How can I help protect myself against HPV?
Being vaccinated against HPV offers the best protection against the virus. Ideally, this should be before becoming sexually active, as you won’t yet have come into contact with the virus. If you are sexually active, you will still benefit from the service, as the HPV vaccination will help protect against HPV infections in the future. However, it will have no effect on active infections and established or previous disease. It will also not prevent the possible development of disease if you are already infected with HPV.
Vaccination against HPV to protect against cervical cancer is part of the NHS Childhood Vaccination Programme and is routinely offered to secondary school girls aged 12-13 (11-13 in Scotland).
This vaccination offers protection against four HPV types, including the high risk types 16 and 18.
There is currently no routine NHS HPV Vaccination Programme for boys.
About our HPV service
The Boots HPV Vaccination Service is suitable for men and women aged 12 to 44 inclusive, subject to eligibility criteria.
Our new service offers protection against nine HPV types (types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58), and so helps protect against the virus types responsible for:
- 90% of cervical, 85-90% of vulvar and 80-85% of vaginal HPV related cancers in women
- 90% of HPV related anal cancers in men and women
- 90% of genital warts in men and women
Patients aged 12 to 14 require a course of two vaccinations. One on the first visit and the second between five and 13 months afterwards.
Patients aged 15 to 44 require a course of three vaccinations. One on the first visit, the second after two months and the third six months after the first appointment.
The service is offered by specially trained Boots pharmacists in selected Boots stores.
The Cervical Cancer Vaccination Service (CCVS) is now only available to existing CCVS customers who commenced their vaccination course with Boots before 25 January 2017. Book your second or third CCVS vaccination here. Please note, Boots will not be providing the CCVS after the end of January 2018.
The Boots Cervical Cancer Vaccination Service uses the Gardasil vaccine which provides protection against four HPV types and so offers protection against 70% of cervical cancers.
The new Boots HPV Vaccination Service uses the Gardasil 9 vaccine, providing protection against an additional five HPV types, and so helps protect against 90% of cervical cancers and some other types of HPV related cancers (see the table below).
If you’re part-way through a course of Gardasil vaccinations with the Boots CCVS you can’t complete this through Boots with Gardasil 9, as the vaccines are not interchangeable. If you wish to access the additional benefit that the Gardasil 9 vaccine offers, you would need to stop your current CCVS Gardasil course and start a new course of three doses of Gardasil 9 with the Boots HPV Vaccination Service, subject to eligibility. Please see the table below covering the vaccines' differences:
HPV vaccines available in the UK
There are currently three vaccines available in the UK to help protect against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Here is some basic information about each vaccine.
You can always consult one of our specially trained HPV Vaccination Service Pharmacists for further details.
Gender suitable for
Men & Women
Men & Women
What is the vaccine for?
Prevention of cervical and anal cancers related to the HPV types below
Prevention of cervical and anal cancers related to the HPV types below and for the prevention of genital warts
Protection against cancers affecting the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus caused by the HPV types below and for the prevention of genital warts
HPV types covered
6, 11, 16, 18
6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58
What do these HPV types cause?
HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for approximately 90% of genital warts
HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for approximately 90% of genital warts
HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 are responsible for a further 20% of cervical cancers
Was given to school aged girls as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme between September 2008 and August 2012. Also available through private clinics and services
Given to school aged girls aged 12-13 as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme since September 2012 and ongoing. Available on the private market but is being replaced by Gardasil 9
Currently only available through private clinics and vaccination services. Available in selected Boots stores providing the HPV Vaccination Service
The service may be suitable for women and men you if you:
- Are aged 12-44
- Aren’t pregnant
- Haven’t had an allergic reaction to any previous vaccination
- Feel well and don’t have a high temperature on the day of your appointment
Where is our HPV Vaccination Service available?Check stores offering this service
Aberdeen, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 7AY
Bangor, 277-279 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1PD
Belfast, 35-47 Donegall Place, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 5AD
Birmingham, 66 High St, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7TA
Brighton, 129 North St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2BE
Bristol, 59 Broadmead, Bristol, Avon, BS1 3EA
Bristol, 9 Clifton Down, Shopping Ctr, Whiteladies Rd, Bristol, Avon, BS8 2NN
Cambridge, 28 Petty Cury,Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3ND
Cardiff, 36 Queen St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 2RG
Cardiff, Sanatorium Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF11 8DG
Colchester, 4-6 Lion Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1LX
Coventry, 49 Lower Precinct, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 1DS
Dudley, The Merry Hill Ctr, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1QT
Dundee, 49-53 High St, Dundee, Angus, DD1 1UL
Durham, Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5GB
Edinburgh, 101-103 Princes St, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 3AA
Exeter, 250-251 High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3QD
Glasgow, 200 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G2 3EN
Glasgow, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1 2GF
Lancaster, 14-16 Lancaster Gate, St. Nicholas Arcades ,Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NB
Leamington Spa, 31 Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4BL
Leeds, 1 Bond Street, Leeds Trinity, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EY
Leicester, 38-39 Shires Walk High St, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4FQ
Lincoln, 311-312 High Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 7DZ
Liverpool, Clayton Square Shopping Ctr, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1QR
London, 11 Octagon Arcade, London, Middlesex, EC2M 2AB
London, 120 Fleet St, London, Middlesex, EC4A 2BE
London, 122 Holborn, London, Middlesex, EC1N 2TD
London, 1263-1275 High Rd, London, Middlesex, N20 9HS
London, 127A Kensington, High St, London, Middlesex, W8 5SF
London, 143/171 Moorgate, London, Middlesex, EC2M 6XQ
London, 173-175 Camden, High St, London, Middlesex, NW1 7JY
London, 193 Oxford Street, London, Middlesex, W1D 2JY
London, 35-37 Islington, High Street, London, Middlesex, N1 9LH
London, 361 Oxford St, London, Middlesex, W1C 2JL
London, 42 Union St, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1RP
London, 44-46 Regent St, London, Middlesex, W1B 5RA
London, 5 Strand, London, Middlesex, WC2N 5HR
London, 60 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, Middlesex, SW3 4UD
London, 6-17 Tottenham Court Rd, London, Middlesex, W1T 1BE
London, 96-98 Baker St, London, Middlesex, W1U 6TJ
London, White City Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London, Middlesex, W12 7GD
Loughborough, 11-13 Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EQ
Manchester, 10 Peel Avenue, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, Lancashire, M17 8BD
Manchester, 116 Portland, St Manchester, Lancashire
Manchester, 32 Market St, Manchester, Lancashire, M1 1PL
Newcastle upon Tyne, Hotspur Way, Eldon Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7XE
Norwich, Merchants Hall, Lower Ground, Chapelfield, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1SH
Nottingham, 11-19 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 3QS
Nottingham, 222-224 Southchurch Drive, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nottingham, 31 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2JQ
Nottingham, Riverside Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 1RU
Oxford, 8-10 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3HL
Peterborough, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1NW
Plymouth, Wellbeing Centre, Plymouth University, Endsleigh Place, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6DN
Portsmouth, 194-204 Commercial Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 1HB
Preston, Capitol Centre, Walton Le Dale, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 4AW
Reading, Upper Ground Level, The Oracle Ctr, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AH
Sheffield, 44A High Street, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 1EN
Sheffield, 4-6 High Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1QF
Southampton, 19-29 Above Bar St, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7DX
Southend on Sea, The Royals Shopping Ctr, High St, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1DE
St Andrews, 113-117 Market St, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9PE
Stirling, 23 Thistle Ctr, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 2EE
Sunderland, 45 The Bridges, Sunderland, County Durham, SR1 3LF
Swansea, 17 The Quadrant, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 3AD
Telford, 4-10 North Sherwood Street, Town Centre, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4AU
York, 43 Coney St, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9QL
What happens at the appointment?
Your pharmacist will tell you more about the service, including how the vaccination will be given, and will give you the opportunity to ask any questions
To make sure the service is suitable you’ll be asked about any medicines you are taking and your medical history. If you have a fever on the day of your appointment, you may be asked to return when you're better
If the service is suitable, you’ll receive your vaccination. Our pharmacists advise that you remain in the pharmacy for five minutes after your vaccination, just in case you have any immediate side effects
Eligible customers aged 12-14 will receive a course of two vaccinations, one on the first visit and the second five to 13 months afterwards. The service costs £150 for each vaccination so the vaccination course will cost £300.
Eligible customers aged 15-44 will receive a course of three vaccinations:
- one on the first visit
- a second after two months
- a third six months after the first appointment
Customers can choose to pay £150 for each vaccination provided by this service separately, or to pay £450, the cost of the whole course, upfront.
It is important to take precautions against sexually transmitted infections (eg by using condoms) as the HPV vaccination will not protect against every type of HPV infection, or other sexually transmitted infections.
If you’re female, it’s important to note that the vaccination is not a substitution for routine cervical screening (smear tests). The NHS offers cervical screening to women between the ages of 25-64 every three to five years. It’s important you attend these appointments.
Giving up smoking can reduce your risk of developing many cancers. Women who smoke and have a high risk type of HPV infection are twice as likely to have pre-cancerous cells. Some studies have also shown smoking increases the risk of anal and penile cancer.