MIMS: Update on HPV vaccination programme

Routine immunisation with a human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) will be introduced in a few months time, starting in September to all 12- to 13-year-old girls to protect them against cervical cancer.

The Department of Health has issued a letter to health professionals on the introduction of the programme; the key features are as follows:

  • The first cohort of girls to be immunised will be born between 1 September 1995 and 31 August 1996 (school year 8 in 2008/9).
  • A three-dose course of HPV vaccination is required over approximately six months.
  • A schools-based programme has been recommended.
  • The vaccine will be supplied free of charge to Primary Care Trusts.

A range of information materials, guidance and other resources, for both professionals and the public, will be produced. A two-year catch-up campaign will start from the beginning of the 2009/10 school year for all girls aged up to 18 years at 31 August 2009.

Further information is available from the Department of Health Immunisation Information website at www.immunisation.nhs.uk

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