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Health: Human Papilloma Virus

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doses of Gardasil human papilloma virus vaccine have been administered since it was introduced to the United Kingdom.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is estimated that 730,000 doses of Gardasil vaccine have been administered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of the national Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme since September 2012.

The requested information for Scotland is not currently available. Statistics on the HPV Immunisation programme in Scotland for the 2012-13 academic year are planned for publication on 24 September 2013.

Published statistics for 2011-12 academic year show that around 75,000 doses of Cervarix vaccine had been administered in Scotland. Gardasil replaced Cervarix in September 2012 as the vaccine used in the national immunisation programme. Uptake rates in Scotland have been relatively consistent since the introduction of the HPV immunisation programme in September 2008.

Therefore, based on the assumption that uptake in 2012-13 remains at a similar level to 2011-12, it can be estimated a similar number of Gardasil vaccines have been administered in Scotland since September 2012.

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