Since September 2019, all 12 and 13 year-olds in school Year 8 have been offered on the NHS the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which protects against cancers caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection.
The NHS use the Gardasil vaccine which protects against 4 types of the HPV vaccine. Two doses will be offered six to 12 months apart in schools years 8 or 9. It is important to have both doses for the vaccine to be fully protected.
People who were eligible for HPV vaccination in school Year 8 but who missed it can still be vaccinated on the NHS up to their 25th birthday.
This program started in September 2008 but was previously only offered to girls through the schools' vaccination program.
At Southdown Private Healthcare we offer the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine which protects against 9 types of this cancer-causing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection.
HPV infections can be spread by any skin-to-skin contact and are usually found on the fingers, hands, mouth and genitals. This means the virus can be spread during any kind of sexual activity, including touching. The HPV vaccine works best if girls and boys get it before they come into contact with HPV (in other words, before they become sexually active). Most commonly thought of in connection to cervical cancer this virus is highly contagious and can cause genital, throat and other cancers and genital warts in both men and women.
Genital warts is now the most common STI in the UK. If you are concerned about this infection and feel that your child may have missed out on this protection please call us on 01243 766447 / 033 022 02000 for more information or to make an appointment.