Human papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine – intramuscular

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Human Papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine is used to prevent infections caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

How do I use this medicine?
Human Papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine is to be given intramuscularly (into the muscle of the upper arm).

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.

The total number of injections you will receive will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the course of your vaccination depending on your age at the time of your first injection.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Human Papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) Vaccine.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Human Papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • bleeding problems
  • weak immune system
  • mild or acute illness with fever
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon, it is recommended to postpone the vaccination until completion of pregnancy.
What side effects could I experience?
Human Papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine may cause any of the following side effects: tiredness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, fever, itching, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, and pain, redness, swelling, and irritation at the injection site.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat (signs of allergic reaction)
  • severe dizziness, passing out, abnormal movements, seizures
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on human papillomavirus (types 16 and 18) vaccine – intramuscular and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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