Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

Girls can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine free from the NHS from the age of 12 up to their 25th birthday. 12-13yr old boys will be included from 2019-20 onwards.

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Reducing the prevalence of cancer

The HPV vaccine is effective at stopping girls getting the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers (the most common form of cancer in under 35yr old women), and some other anal and genital cancers and cancers of the head and neck.

It's important to have both doses to be protected.

Cervical cancer info

Reduction of cervical disease and HPV vaccine

Routine vaccination of girls has led to a dramatic reduction in pre-invasive cervical disease.
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Safe and effective

An independent review, published in Cochrane, shows that the vaccine is safe and effective.
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HPV and Cancer

Cancer Research UK provide a range of resources and supportive information on HPV and cancer.
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Ethnic disparities in vaccine and cervical screening

HPV vaccination uptake is lower in ethnic minorities with cervical cancer incidence in Asian women up to 2ยท5 times higher than in white women.
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Aluminium adjuvant used in vaccines

Adjuvants are added to vaccines to enhance the ability to provoke an immune response of weak antigens and improve the overall potency of the vaccine (O'Hagan 2009; Coffman 2010).

Aluminium, in the form of aluminium salts, is the most frequently used adjuvant, introduced in vaccination programmes worldwide (Tritto 2009) and there no evidence that aluminium salts in vaccines cause any serious or long-lasting adverse events. (Jefferson, 2004).

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