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HPV Vaccinations for boys
The Human Papilloma Virus, otherwise known as the HPV vaccination has been offered to girls in school Year 8 and for over 10 years. From September 2019 , the vaccine will also be offered to boys in school year 8 for the first time. This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect boys and girls from HPV related cancers.
This is an all schools based vaccination programme only and is not available in GP practices. The vaccine is given in the arm and two doses are required to be fully protected. The first dose will be given in Year 8 and the second dose in Year 9. There is no catch up programme for the boys in the older year groups, hence only boys in Year 8 will be eligible for the HPV vaccine.
In England, we have already seen a significant decrease in infection with the two main HPV types that can cause Cancer. Over 80 million people have received the vaccine worldwide so far. Over time it is expected that the vaccine will save many lives over the years in the United Kingdom.