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Can’t remember if you’ve had the jab? (Picture: Getty)
Many people are offered the vaccine while they’re in school, so you may not remember if you have had it or not.
Here’s how you can find out if you have had the HPV vaccine and how to book it in if you want it.
How to find out if you’ve had the HPV vaccine
The HPV vaccine is offered for free on the NHS to people born after September 1, 2006.
Many people are able to have the HPV vaccine for free on the NHS (Picture: Getty)
It is first offered to girls and boys aged 12 and 13 in school, which is when the students will be in Year 8.
If you fall into this category, but can’t remember if you received the HPV vaccine or not, then simply contact your GP for information on your vaccination record.
You’ll need to ask your GP surgery for online access to your full record.
You can also do the following on the online service:
- Get your NHS Covid Pass
- View your health record and test results
- Order repeat prescriptions
- Book and manage appointments and referrals
You, Me & HPV
Read more from Metro.co.uk‘s You, Me & HPV series here.
When can you have the HPV vaccine?
If you did not have the vaccine while in school, you can have it free on the NHS up until you turn 25 years old.
If you didn’t have the vaccine while at school, you can still book to have it through your GP (Picture: Getty)
Some transgender people are also eligible for the HPV vaccine.
You should contact your GP to make an appointment to have the vaccination.
For people not eligible for the free jab, you will have to pay to receive it.
The price can vary from company to company, but the average is around £170 per dose – but remember that you will have to have three doses, so the full course could cost around £510.
You, me & HPV
This week, Metro.co.uk is looking at HPV and its related cancers from a range of perspectives.
By and large HPV isn’t something to worry about – but it is something to be aware of.
HPV is something that eight in 10 of us will encounter at some stage of our lives. It’s spread through skin-to-skin contact, not just penetrative sex. There is even some evidence to suggest it can spread through deep kissing.
It isn’t tested for in a standard sexual health screening, so it’s near impossible to know when or where a person might have contracted it or who they might have passed it onto.
For most people, their bodies will fight the virus off in around one to two years without any lasting effects. For some people however, it can make them more vulnerable to cancers of the cervix, anus, head and neck, penis, vagina and vulva.
Over this week, we’ll be exploring the human issues that come with HPV and its related cancers.
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