Boys in Wales to be offered HPV vaccine to prevent cancer from 2020

Boys aged 12-13 will be offered the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine from next year.

The vaccine has been offered to girls of the same age since 2008.

Dr Richard Roberts, Head of Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme for Public Health Wales, said HPV is thought to be responsible several different types of cancer.

90%-of cervical cancers are thought to have been caused by HPV.

I’m delighted that the HPV vaccination programme for boys will begin in the next academic year. The vaccine will not only protect males from HPV-related diseases – such as oral, throat and anal cancer – but also help reduce the overall number of cervical cancers in women, through improving ‘population immunity’. A recent study has shown that there is compelling evidence of the substantial impact of HPV vaccination programmes on HPV infections and pre-cancerous growths among girls, women, boys and men. I hope that all parents of eligible boys and girls will take up the offer of this life-saving vaccine.

– DR FRANK ATHERTON, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR WALES
10 m-young women in the UK have been given the HPV vaccine.

The vaccine will be offered in schools in Wales from the Spring and Summer terms of 2020.

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