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Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce a catch-up HPV vaccination programme for males and females up to the age of 26.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys aged 12-13 was rolled out nationally in September 2019. There are no plans for a catch-up HPV immunisation programme for older males as evidence suggests that they are already benefitting greatly from the indirect protection, known as herd protection, that has built up from 10 years of the girls’ HPV vaccination programme. The priority is to make sure that as many eligible 12-13-year-old boys and girls as possible are offered protection from HPV infection from the 2019-20 school year.

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