HPV Immunisation Programme
Since September 2008 there has been a National Immunisation Programme to vaccinate girls (and more recently boys) aged 12-13 against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV Gardasil vaccine protects against diseases caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18:
- HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for approximately 70% of cervical cancer cases, 75-80% of anal cancer cases, 70% of HPV-related pre-cancerous lesions of the vulva and vagina and 75% of HPV related pre-cancerous lesions of the anus
- HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for approximately 90% of genital wart cases, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
The HPV vaccination is available for girls and boys at Winterbourne Academy.
- Girls and boys receive two doses; the first is given in early spring of year 8 and the second dose approximately 9-12 months later in Year 9. To get the best protection, it is important to receive both doses.
If you have any questions relating to the HPV immunisation programme, please contact Mrs Julia Dunn, PA to SLT, on 01454 252000