What you need to know about HPV vaccine
As part of the NHS immunisation programme, girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years (born after September 1, 2006) are provided with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The HPV vaccine can help prevent malignancies caused by HPV, such as:
- Cancer of the cervix
- Certain malignancies of the mouth and throat (head and neck)
- Malignancies of the anal and vaginal areas, to name a few
It also aids in the prevention of genital warts.
In England, when girls and boys aged 12 to 13 are in Year 8, they are usually provided with the first HPV vaccination. The second dose is given six to twenty-four months after the first.
To be fully protected, you must get both doses of the vaccination.
If you’re eligible and didn’t get the HPV vaccine in Year 8, it’s available on the NHS for free until your 25th birthday for:
- Females who were born after September 1, 1991
- After September 1, 2006, boys were born.