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HPV Vaccination

HPV, a prevalent virus, has the potential to induce cancer in individuals across all genders. In the absence of vaccination, approximately 80% of adults will experience an HPV infection during their lifetime. For the majority, this virus remains asymptomatic and benign, often going unnoticed. Its primary mode of transmission is through skin-to-skin contact during sexual interactions. Fortunately, vaccination against HPV infection has been accessible for an extended period and serves as a safeguard against HPV-related cancers.

The HPV Vaccination is free if you are 9 to 26 years old.

Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings.

What is HPV?


Human Papillomovirus (HPV) highly contagious viral infection that is transmitted through skin-to-skin, as well as sexual intercourse. It has the potential to cause genital warts and precancerous cell changes when infected with a low-risk serogroup, but has the capacity to cause cancers when infected through the oncogenic (cancerous) serogroups.

Without immunisation around 80% of adults will have an HPV infection at some point in their life. Generally, HPV infections present as genital warts however can be asymptomatic in some individuals, meaning they can be carriers on the virus without knowing. Upon repeated exposure to the oncogenic serogroups, if left undetected can lead to cancer, including cervical cancer, anal cancer, and cancers affecting the mouth, throat, vulva, vagina, and penis.

All adults are encouraged to be vaccinated against HPV but is especially important for women to vaccinated and undergo regular cervical smears or HPV screening.


Why should I get HPV Vaccination?


HPV vaccine, known as Gardasil 9 protects against the development of abnormal precancerous cells and cancers caused by the HPV virus. Gardasil protects against the 9 serogroups, which include the 4 that cause approximately 20% of cervical cancers.

The vaccine is part of the school-based immunisation programmes and is recommended for those ages 9 – 45 years of ages, however it is funded in pharmacy for those that are under the age of 27 years. It can also be funded for those that are in special groups if meeting the eligibility criteria, please speak to your pharmacist if you are wanting to be vaccinated with Gardasil 9.


Unichem Browns Bay Pharmacy

66 Clyde Road, North Shore, AUCKLAND 0630

(09) 478 7069

Unichem Kilbirnie Pharmacy

37 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, WELLINGTON 6022

(04) 387 9254

Unichem Manly Pharmacy

Manly Village, 53B Rawhiti Road, Whangaparaoa, AUCKLAND 0930

(09) 424 7708

Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy

237a High Street, Rangiora, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 7400

(03) 313 8624

Unichem Golf Road Pharmacy

174 Golf Road, Titirangi, AUCKLAND 0604

(09) 817 7053

Unichem Knox Pharmacy

402 George Street, North Dunedin, OTAGO 9016

(03) 477 0635

Unichem Marsden Village Pharmacy

Marsden Village, 159 Karori Road, Karori, WELLINGTON 6012

(04) 476 9944

Unichem Pakuranga Pharmacy

11-13 Cortina PLace, Pakuranga, AUCKLAND 2010

(09) 577 1237

Unichem Inglewood Pharmacy

4 Matai Street, Inglewood, TARANAKI 4347

(06) 756 7117

Unichem Leabank Pharmacy

104 Weymouth Road, Manurewa, AUCKLAND 2102

(09) 266 9455

Unichem Massey Pharmacy

396 Don Buck Road, Massey, AUCKLAND 0614

(09) 833 7239

Unichem Remarkables Pharmacy

Store 53, 12 Hawthorne Drive Remarkables Park Town Ctre, Frankton, Queenstown, OTAGO 9300

(03) 442 2800

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