Cervarix (generic: human papillomavirus bivalent (types 16 and 18) vaccine, recombinant) is a vaccine used to help protect against cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 in girls and young women. It works by stimulating the immune system to fight off the HPV virus by producing antibodies.
Cervarix comes in an injectable form (shot) that is injected either into muscle or just under the skin, in a series of three injections. The second dose is given one month after the first dose. The third dose is given six months after the first dose.
Common side effects of Cervarix are pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, feeling tired, and muscle aches.