British boys to be offered HPV vaccine at school

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Furthermore, reducing the transmission of HPV, which is associated with almost 5% of cancers, could help in the prevention of some types of neck and head cancers and genital, anal, and penile cancers.

From September, boys aged 12 and 13 will also be given the jab at school.

The jab protects against human papillomavirus, which causes many throat cancer, and anal cancers. Among the 100 types of HPV viruses, at least 14 can cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). "It appears clear. that vaccinated boys will themselves benefit from not getting cancer of the penis, anus, and a diminished risk of head and neck cancer".

NHS is offering free HPV vaccine for girls since 2008, and so far ten million doses have been given to young women in the UK.

"Through our world-leading vaccination programme, we have already saved millions of lives and prevented countless cases of bad diseases".

"Universal HPV vaccination is the most effective way of preventing HPV-related infection and disease".

Across the United Kingdom, boys will receive their first dose aged 12 to 13 - year eight for those in England and Wales - with a follow-up dose six months to two years later, also given in school.

A study conducted in Scotland showed pre-cancerous cervical disease had been slashed by 71% since the introduction of the vaccine in 2008.

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More than 3,000 women in the United Kingdom are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United Kingdom and the disease kills over 850 women annually.

Figures released by the University of Warwick estimate that by 2058, the vaccine now being used could have prevented over 64,000 HPV-related cervical cancers and 49,000 other HPV-related cancers. That would include some 30,000 cancer cases in males.

In a statement, she added: "This universal programme offers us the opportunity to make HPV-related diseases a thing of the past and build on the success of the girls' programme".

The HPV virus is linked to around 5 percent of all cancers worldwide, including cervical cancer. "It's important not to delay vaccination, as the vaccine may be less effective as adolescents get older", Dr Mary Ramsay of Public Health England, said.

They will need two doses of the jab in order to be fully protected, with a follow-up dose administered six months to two years after the first. In Australia, the vaccine has been implemented for girls since 2007 and for boys since 2013. This means over 80 per cent of women aged 15-24 have already received the vaccine.

Parents of girls and boys aged 12 and 13 should look out for information from their children's school about the vaccine and timings for the jab. This follows the recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Data recently published in the Lancet shows that HPV infections could be essentially wiped out from developed countries within decades.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said: "The potential of this vaccine to save lives and prevent the complications of cancer is huge, and since it has been available on the NHS for girls, it has had excellent take-up, with impressive results - it's important this success is replicated with boys".

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