HPV vaccine

July 2019

From September this year, both girls and boys aged 12-13 years-old will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine through school, for free from the NHS, and will remain eligible for up to their 25th birthday.

Since the launch of the UK programme for girls in 2008, rates of infection by the cancer-causing strains of the HPV virus have dropped by 86% among young women aged 15 to 19. Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future.

The leaflets and posters to support the programme are available here.

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