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The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination can help prevent specific types of HPV infection that may lead to cervical cancer. Here’s what you need to know about the vaccination in Singapore.
The vaccines approved for use in Singapore are Gardasil and Cervarix.
The HPV vaccines are approved for use in females aged 9 to 26 years old. It is most effective if given before first sexual exposure. However, women who are sexually active may still benefit from the vaccine as they may not be exposed to the types of HPV covered by the vaccine.
If you are above 26 years old and wish to go for HPV vaccination, it is best to speak with your doctor to find out if you are suitable for it.
NOT be vaccinated if:
If you are unsure, always talk to your doctor to find out if a vaccination is suitable for you.
No, the HPV vaccines are not compulsory but are recommended as prevention against cervical cancer.
Depending on the type of vaccine, two doses are recommended for females who received the first dose between aged 9 and 13/14 years at an interval of at least six months between the two doses. Three doses are recommended for those who received the first dose between aged 14/15 and 26 years (at an interval of 0, 1-2 and 6 months)
There is currently no recommendation for additional doses or booster shots.
You may experience pain, swelling, itching redness at the site of the injection and fever.
If you encounter any of these side effects, please inform your doctor.
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The HPV vaccines are not recommended for pregnant females. If you discover that you are pregnant after receiving 1 or 2 doses of the vaccine, it is recommended that you postpone the remaining dose(s) till after you deliver.
If you find that you are pregnant after completing 3 doses of the vaccine, it is not necessary to terminate your pregnancy.
Yes! You should still go for a Pap test once every 3 years when you are under 30 years old and a HPV test once in 5 years after you reach the age of 30 even if you have been vaccinated. HPV vaccinations are not substitutes for routine cervical cancer screening, regular cervical screening are still your best protection against cervical cancer.
You can receive HPV vaccination at a polyclinic or GP clinic. It is advisable to speak to your doctor to find out more about HPV vaccination.
Eligible patients can use up to $500/$700 per MediSave account per year to pay for HPV vaccination. You can also use your own Medisave or your immediate family members (e.g. parents or spouse) to help pay for the vaccination. Click
here for more information on subsidies available, other vaccine-preventable diseases and frequently asked questions.
HPV Vaccination at the Singapore Cancer Society Clinic
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
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