The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine or HPV vaccination significantly reduces a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers for women in Singapore. Learn more here.
Risk factors for the development of cervical cancer include the following:
The HPV vaccination can help to protect against specific types of HPV infection that may lead to cervical cancer. The benefits of HPV vaccination are maximised when given before one starts any sexual activity.
What Are the Available HPV Vaccines in Singapore?
Females aged nine to 14 years old
Two doses, five to 13 months apart
Females aged 15 to 25 years old
Second dose at 1 to 2.5 months after the first dose
Third dose at five to 12 months after the first dose
Two doses, six to 12 months apart
Females aged 15 to 26 years old
Three doses at 0, 2 and 6 months
Cervarix provides protection against HPV types 16 and 18, which account for 70% of all cervical cancers, and have been shown to be both clinically- and cost-effective in the local setting for females. Gardasil 9 provides protection against an additional 20% of cancer-causing HPV types. It is clinically effective for both males and females.
The HPV immunisation vaccine may not be suitable for you if:
Consult your doctor to find out if a vaccination is suitable for you.
No, the HPV vaccination is not compulsory in Singapore, but it is highly recommended as a way to protect women against cervical cancer. HPV vaccination has also been included in the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) and National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) for the target population of females aged 9 to 26. It is not included in the schedule for males, although it is licensed for use and available to males who wish to protect themselves from HPV infection too.
You can receive HPV vaccination at a polyclinic, CHAS GP clinic or any medical clinic which carries the HPV vaccine. Under the National School-based HPV Programme, HPB offers fully subsidised HPV vaccinations to eligible Secondary 1 and 2 female students attending MOE-registered secondary schools, Special Education (SPED) schools, Privately-Funded Schools and full-time Madrasahs. Female students in other Secondary School levels can write to Contact_YPS@hpb.gov.sg to request for HPV vaccinations at the Student Health Centre at HPB. It is advisable to speak to your doctor to find out more about HPV vaccination.
It is best to consult your doctor who will advise on the suitability of the HPV vaccine for you, and also check how often you should be going for Pap or HPV tests.
HPV vaccination for boys is not included in the NCIS. Based on the recommendations by the Expert Committee on Immunisation (ECI), HPV vaccination is recommended only for females aged nine to 26 years old under the NCIS/NAIS. It is advisable to speak to your doctor to find out more about the benefits and limitations of vaccinating your son against HPV.
Female Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) who fall within the recommended age group for HPV vaccination will be able to enjoy subsidies and use MediSave for Cervarix. The HPV vaccine eligible for a subsidy and MediSave use was selected while taking into consideration factors such as the local disease burden, vaccine safety, clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the vaccines.
Please refer to the table below on the subsidies available, MediSave use and additional discounts provided by Temasek Foundation.
At both CHAS GP clinics and polyclinics
Remaining co-payment is fully funded for eligible CHAS Orange and Blue cardholders at participating CHAS GP clinics.
Programme is not implemented at polyclinics.
FemalePermanent Residents (PRs)
Only at polyclinics
Eligible SCs will be able to enjoy subsidies at CHAS GP clinics and polyclinics, while eligible PRs will be able to enjoy subsidies at polyclinics only.
At CHAS GP clinics, eligible SCs can expect to pay no more than $45 per dose after subsidies for HPV vaccination. CHAS Orange and Blue cardholders should strongly consider receiving the HPV vaccination at CHAS GP clinics participating in Temasek Foundation's HPV Immunisation Programme, where the remaining patient's co-payment will be fully funded, subject to meeting the nationally recommended criteria for HPV vaccination. Click here to learn more.
For all nationally recommended vaccinations, including HPV vaccination, MediSave can be used to offset the remaining co-payment, if any. Individuals are advised to contact their preferred healthcare provider directly for their eligibility for subsidies, the costs of vaccinations, and the use of MediSave.
This article was last reviewed on
Friday, September 15, 2023
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