What is the national HPV programme?
The national HPV programme began in the UK in September 2008. As part of the programme, girls in school year 8 (aged 12-13 years) are offered free HPV vaccination at school. Free HPV vaccination is also offered as part of a catch-up programme in schools or GP surgeries to all girls up to the age of 18 who have not been previously vaccinated against HPV.
How many injections are given?
For girls in year 8, the HPV vaccine will be given as two doses that are spaced at least six months apart. For older girls, three doses of the vaccine may be needed.
The 2-dose HPV vaccination schedule for girls starting in year 8
Your school nurse, practice nurse or GP will let you know the dates of the injections. For the best possible protection against HPV it is very important that all the recommended doses of the HPV vaccine are received. If you haven’t or your daughter hasn’t received the full HPV vaccination dosing schedule or you are unsure how many doses are needed, you should speak to your nurse or GP.
Why is the national HPV programme for girls in school year 8?
It’s important to have the vaccine at a young age as this is when the immune system will be most receptive. Girls can also benefit most from the vaccine if it is given before they are sexually active and potentially being exposed to the HPV virus.