Reduce cervical cancer risk with HPV vaccine

Date published: 14 September 2018

Parents and guardians of teenage girls are being encouraged to talk to their daughters about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. They can get the vaccine in schools.

Protecting against cancer

The vaccine helps protect against cervical cancer and reduces the risk of getting it by over 70 per cent.

The vaccine is offered to girls in year nine, with a chance to catch up on any missed doses in year 10.

The school health teams will be offering the opportunity for girls in those years to be vaccinated this month and again after Easter.

For the vaccine to work, two injections are needed within a 12-month period. It’s important that girls have both vaccinations to get the best protection.

It is estimated that the level of protection offered by the vaccine will last for at least 10 years, and probably protection will be lifelong.

If parents have any questions about the vaccine, they can also find more information on the following page or they can contact their school nurse directly:

These vaccines do not protect against all HPV types that cause cancer, so anyone vaccinated needs to attend for cervical screening (smear tests) when they are invited. 

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