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Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the cohort of women who have received human papilloma virus vaccinations are aware that they should still attend cervical smear test appointments.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme states in patient communications that cervical screening (smear tests) will continue to be important whether women have had the HPV vaccine or not. Women aged 25 to 64 who are registered with a general practitioner are automatically invited for cervical screening. This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination as the vaccine does not guarantee completed protection of against all high risk strains of HPV. The importance of cervical screening is also reiterated online on NHS Choices.

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