The Institute for Women's Health

You can protect yourself from the human papillomavirus by getting an HPV vaccine in San Antonio at the Institute for Women’s Health OB/GYN. The vaccine is available in all nine of our offices.

Vaccines Available

  • HPV
  • Tdap
  • FIU

What is the HPV Vaccine?

The vaccine was FDA approved on June 8, 2006. It helps prevent cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions, and genital warts due to HPV.

Who should get the HPV Vaccine?

The HPV vaccine is recommend for females ages 9-26. It is best for females to receive the vaccine before becoming sexually active.

How is the HPV Vaccine given?

The vaccine is given in three injections over a six month period. The second and third doses are given 2 months and 6 months after the first injection.

What does the HPV Vaccine protect against?

The vaccine protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. HPV types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancer cases. Types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genitial warts*

Does insurance cover the HPV Vaccine?

Most insurance plans will cover the vaccine. However, we recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine the exact amount of coverage.

How can I get the HPV Vaccine?

All of our physicians and locations can provide patients with the HPV vaccine. It is best to call your physician and schedule a HPV vaccine appointment. During your appointment, your physician can answer any questions or concerns you might have about the vaccine.

What is Tdap?

Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis can be very serious diseases, even for adolescents and adults. Tdap vaccine can protect us from these diseases.

Who should get the Tdap Vaccine?

One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12. People who did not get Tdap at that age should get it as soon as possible.
Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, to protect the newborn from pertussis. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis.

What does the Tdap Vaccine protect against?

Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
A similar vaccine, called Td, protects from tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years. Tdap may be given as one of these boosters if you have not already gotten a dose. Tdap may also be given after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection.

How can I get the Tdap Vaccine?

For more information, please ask your physician.

How can I get the Flu Vaccine?

For more information, please ask your physician.