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a man vaccination imageJuly 27 2018

Adolescent boys will be offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to protect them from cancer, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Boys aged 12-13 in England will now be included in the HPV vaccination programme, along with teenage girls. The decision follows the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) earlier this month.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations at Public Health England, said: “I’m pleased that adolescent boys will be offered the HPV vaccine. Almost all women under 25 have had the HPV vaccine and we’re confident that we will see a similarly high uptake in boys.

“This extended programme offers us the opportunity to make HPV-related diseases a thing of the past and build on the success of the girls’ programme, which has already reduced the prevalence of HPV 16 and 18, the main cancer-causing types, by over 80%. We can now be even more confident that we will reduce cervical and other cancers in both men and women in the future.”

Links:
DHSC announcement    
Today’s GP coverage of JCVI decision     

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