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