HPV Vaccine To Be Offered To Boys From September 2019

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Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said: "Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future".

Teenage boys going into Year 8 this September will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, Public Health England has confirmed.

Giving boys the jab also protects girls from HPV, which is passed on through sexual contact.

In most cases, the human body will get rid of it naturally, but certain high-risk types can develop into things like genital warts and cancers.

"In time, this will lead to a significant reduction in cancers of the anus, penis and head and neck".

"Through our world-leading vaccination programme, we have already saved millions of lives and prevented countless cases of awful diseases".

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'Universal HPV vaccination is the most effective way of preventing HPV-related infection and disease. "That is why it's so important to have a universal vaccination program, because it'll not only decrease existing inequalities and normalize this very common virus, but also protect more number of people from developing cancer and save lives", said Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust's Chief Executive, Robert Music.

PHE is now estimating prevention of 85, 000 cancers in women, including 64,000 cervical cancer cases, and 29,000 cancers in men by 2058 with the help of this vaccination program. That would include some 30,000 cancer cases in males.

"The BMA has for a long time been calling for an extension of the HPV vaccination programme to be extended to boys in United Kingdom and the confirmation that this will go ahead in September is very welcome as it will undoubtedly reduce the risk of young men contracting cancers linked to the virus in adult life".

They will need two doses of the jab in order to be fully protected, with a follow-up dose administered six months to two years after the first.

Studies show the vaccine protects against infection for at least 10 years, but experts predict the protection could be lifelong.

"It's pleasing to see the United Kingdom follow the example of other countries like Australia, where the vaccine has been implemented for girls since 2007 and for boys since 2013".

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Older boys aged between 13 and 18 will not be offered the vaccine, as it's believed they already benefit from herd protection that has built up from the vaccine's 10-year programme.

"We are pleased that the HPV vaccine will be given to Year 8 boys, as well as girls, from September - this is something the RCGP has long-called for".

Parents of girls and boys aged 12 and 13 should look out for information from their children's school about the vaccine and timings for the jab.

"We'd encourage all parents of eligible children to get their child vaccinated when it is offered, and if they miss the round for any reason, that they let their school nurse know so that they can be invited to a "catch-up" clinic".

One user replied to his tweet by saying 'just as importantly, it protects the boys from penile, anal, and oral cancers, ' whilst another commented 'great vaccination program but awful tweet!

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