Publicado: Mier, Julio 10, 2019
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HPV jab for Year 8 boys in South Yorkshire

HPV jab for Year 8 boys in South Yorkshire

Boys aged 12 and 13 will be provided the vaccine in secondary schools from the beginning of the next school term.

"In time, this will lead to a significant reduction in cancers of the anus, penis and head and neck". Cervical cancer is now the most common cancer in women under 35, killing around 850 women each year.

Estimates from the University of Warwick suggest the vaccine, which protects against the human papilloma virus (HPV), will prevent 64,138 cervical cancers and 49,649 non-cervical cancers in the United Kingdom by 2058.

Teenage girls have been offered the HPV vaccination for free since 2008, but now teenage boys in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will have the option to have the jab too.

Doctor Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, spoke to Sky News and said: "The girls' programme has been very successful so far and it's already seen an impact in men as well as woman".

BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar said: 'The BMA has for a long time been calling for an extension of the HPV vaccination programme to be extended to boys in United Kingdom and the confirmation that this will go ahead in September is very welcome as it will undoubtedly reduce the risk of young men contracting cancers linked to the virus in adult life.

"It's important not to delay vaccination, as the vaccine may be less effective as adolescents get older". Similarly, diagnoses of genital warts have declined by 90 per cent in 15-17 year old girls and 70 per cent in 15-17 year old boys due to the HPV vaccine.

Currently, ten million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given to young women in the United Kingdom, resulting in over 80% of women aged 15-24 having received it.

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Since the introduction of the vaccine, some cases of HPV (HPV 16/18) have reduced by 86 per cent in England. A Scottish study also showed the vaccine had reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by up to 71%.

Parents of children aged 12 to 13 should look out for more information from their children's schools about when the vaccine is being offered. If they miss out on the vaccination for any reason they should talk to their school nurse or immunisation team about getting the vaccine at a later date.

Two doses are wanted to be fully protected. Safety lasts for not less than 10 years, though probably for much longer.

"We encourage parents of eligible boys and girls to take up the offer and protect future generations against these preventable diseases with the HPV vaccine". "The latter is now increasing in incidence, but this trend will be turned around as the vaccination program takes effect in the future", BBC quoted him. Among the 100 types of HPV viruses, at least 14 can cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). I think it is so important for women and boys to take up the HPV vaccine.

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

Genital HPV infections are common and highly contagious.

"Following the success of the vaccination programme for girls, it is only right that boys are now afforded the same protection".

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