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HOW TO JOIN THE FIGHT
AGAINST CERTAIN
HPV CANCERS

You can join the fight against certain HPV
infections and cancers by consenting for your
child (boy or girl) to have the HPV vaccine as
part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule.

Missed a HPV vaccine dose or need information about HPV vaccination programme timings due to COVID-19?

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How?

Boys and girls aged 12-13 years can be vaccinated against certain types of HPV on the NHS childhood vaccination schedule.

Look out for a consent form from your child’s school.

This needs to be signed and returned for your child to be vaccinated.

You can speak to your child’s doctor, school or practice nurse about the HPV vaccination programme.

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When?

Boys and girls aged 12-13 years can be HPV vaccinated as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule during school year 8/S1.

Please note that COVID-19 may have affected HPV vaccination programme dates. Contact your child’s doctor, school or practice nurse, or a pharmacist for more information.

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The HPV vaccine is given at 12-13 years because:

Having the vaccine as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule at the recommended age means their body can learn how to fight certain types of HPV viruses before they may catch them

In 12-13 year olds the HPV vaccine is given in 2 doses as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule.

In children aged 14 years and over, who are eligible for HPV vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule up until their 25th birthday, the HPV vaccine is given in 3 doses.

It is important that your child has all doses to make sure they get the cover needed to help protect them against certain HPV cancers.

Look out for HPV vaccination programme dates and information from your child’s school.

Please note that dates and information may have changed as a result of COVID-19 school closures.

Speak to your child’s doctor or school for more information.

You can also speak to your child’s doctor if their school is not offering the HPV vaccination programme.

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Boys and girls who miss a dose:

If your child is eligible for HPV vaccination and has missed their first or second dose they can still be vaccinated as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule up to their 25th birthday.

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WHAT?

Boys and girls will receive the HPV vaccine offered as part of the NHS childhood vaccination schedule. It can help protect girls and boys from certain types of HPV, including the 2 high-risk types (HPV 16 and HPV 18) that are commonly associated with certain HPV cancers, like anal or cervical cancer.

WHAT IF I DECIDE AGAINST HPV VACCINATION? >

“OVER 10.5 MILLION DOSES OF HPV VACCINES HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN THE UK SINCE 2008”

(PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND DATA, 2018)

HPV 16 and 18 infections were down to less than 2% in 16-18 year old girls in 2016 (Data collection period 2010–2016, England)

Like all vaccines and medicines, HPV vaccines go through strict testing before they can be given to the public. They are also closely monitored to ensure they continue to be suitable for the public.