HPV Vaccination Service

For men and women. Helps protect against cervical cancer, genital warts and some other types of cancers

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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.

*www.jostrust.org.uk/resources/materials/information

Cancer of the cervix

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 in men and women

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.

**www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Genital_warts/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Other HPV related cancers in men and women

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.

How is HPV caught?

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.

Who is at risk?

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:

  • Smoking
  • 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

***www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/cervical-cancer/risk-factors

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. 

What if I have already started Boots Cervical Cancer Vaccination Service?
Who is the Boots HPV Vaccination Service suitable for?

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?

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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

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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

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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

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How long will the in-store consultation take?

The consultation will take between 20 to 30 minutes. We advise that you wear loose-fitting or short sleeved clothing for your vaccination appointment.

Price

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.

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What else can I do to help myself?

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.

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