The new GARDASIL 9 vaccine is now available at Katong Family Clinic, covering HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. It protects against the main cancer causing strains for Cervical cancer and also offers coverage for vulva, vaginal, anal and oro-pharyngeal (off label usage) cancers.
Cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer in females (from Singapore Cancer Registry Interim Annual Report 2010 - 2014) and the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths for women aged 15-44 years in Singapore (from ICO HPV info centre, HPV and related diseases report, Singapore).
Compared to the earlier version Gardasil 4, it protects against additional high-risk strains of human papillomavirus and it reduces the risk of HPV-related cervical cancer by approximately 90%. It also protects against HPV-related vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and genital warts to a similar degree.
It is indicated for males and females from 9-26 years - do vaccinate your children of suitable age!
Remember, completing the vaccine course reduces the risk of cervical cancer but it is still important for sexually active women to undergo regular cervical cancer screening!!!
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.