HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys & Girls
The government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are meeting (September 2014) to discuss whether boys will be given the HPV Vaccine as well as girls.
Countries such as; Australia, the US, Austria and parts of Canada already offer the HPV jab to all adolescent boys. There is now pressure on the UK to follow suit by vaccinating boys aged 12 to 13.
There hundreds of different types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are passed on through sexual contact. It is believed that infections are responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide. This equates to around 3,100 women being diagnosed with this type of cancer each year in the UK.
Currently the HPV vaccination programme reaches over 80% of girls but coverage rates are lower in some communities.
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The HPV vaccine is currently available privately at The independent General Practice for both boys and girls. Please Visit our HPV & Cervical Cancer page for more information.