Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination
This is the vaccination offered to girls in Year 8 (aged 12-13) to help prevent cervical cancer. It is given by an injection in the upper arm. For girls who are under 15 a two – dose schedule is used with the second dose being given a year after the first.
From Sept 2017, the vaccination will be offered to girls in Year 8 (aged 12-13) with the first dose being given during the autumn term, the second being given during the summer term of Year 8. This means that each girl will be fully immunised within the same school year.
Current research suggests that for girls over 15 years a three - dose schedule is more effective with the second dose one month after the first, and a third dose four-six months after the second.
Please see below the presentation which will be shown in schools
Having the vaccination
The HPV vaccination is offered routinely to all girls in year 8.
Two doses are needed for girls aged 12-14; the second dose is given in Year 9.
From September 2017, the vaccination will be offered to girls in year 8 (aged 12-13) with the first dose being given during the autumn term, the second being given during the summer term of year 8. This means that each girl will be fully immunised within the same school year.
For girls who are 15 years or older when they have their first dose, a three dose schedule is required. This is because the response to two doses in older girls is not as good, so three doses are required to develop full immunity.
Like most vaccinations, the side effects to HPV vaccination are usually quite mild.
Soreness, swelling and redness of the arm are common but wear off in a couple of days. More serious side effects are very rare.
Click on the patient information leaflet for more details.
Over the next few weeks, Year 7 & 8 girls will be given a consent form to bring home for parents to sign along with a letter and leaflet. The consent form is for both doses.
Therefore Year 9 girls who are due to have their second dose do not need to return another consent form. A letter for parents of Year 9 girls will be distributed via schools to alert parents that their daughter’s second dose will be given soon.
If any Year 9 girls missed their first dose last year and would like to receive HPV vaccination, a consent form and letter can be downloaded here.
Girls aged 15-17 years who have never received a HPV vaccination will need three doses to achieve full immunity.Back to immunisations page