Why are there two vaccines for HPV?Can a female get both...

Question: 

Why are there two vaccines for HPV? Can a female get both HPV vaccines?

Answer: 

In Canada, Cervarix® (HPV2) is for use in women only, and Gardasil®9 (HPV9) is for use in both men and women.

  • Both vaccines protect against two types of HPV that cause about 70% of cases of cervical cancer and 80% of cases of anal cancer.
  • The HPV9 vaccine protects against five additional types of HPV that cause 15% to 20% of cervical cancers and 11% of anal cancers in women and 4% in men. It also protects against two types of HPV that cause about 90% of cases of genital warts.

In BC, the list of people eligible for the publicly funded (free) HPV9 vaccine is here. The HPV2 and HPV9 vaccines can also be purchased at most pharmacies and travel health clinics. Some private health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccines.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Sunday, Jun 09, 2019