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HPV vaccine to be offered to school-age boys

July 11, 2019 / Anna Smith

From September 2019, boys in school year eight will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time. Modelling produced by the University of Warwick estimate that the HPV vaccine programme could prevent over 64,000 cervical cancers and nearly 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058. Despite this being the first introduction of the vaccine for boys, girls have been offered the jab free from the NHS since 2008. So far, 10 million doses of vaccine have been given to young women in this country meaning over 80% of women aged 15 to 24 have received the vaccine. Two doses are needed to be fully protected, and so the first dose will be offered to boys and girls aged 12 and 13 in year eight, with the second dose being given anytime between six to 24 months after. Girls and boys who have their first vaccination after the age of 15 will need to have three doses. Studies have already shown that the vaccine protects against HPV infection for at least 10 years, although exper...