United Kingdom offers HPV vaccines to boys, aims to stop 100,000 cancer cases

United Kingdom offers HPV vaccines to boys, aims to stop 100,000 cancer cases

Announcing the extension of a vaccination programme to cover boys as well as girls, experts at Public Health England (PHE) said the immunisation plan would prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and almost 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058.

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.

Girls in Year 8 have been offered the HPV vaccine free in school since 2008.

A total of 10 million dose of the HPV vaccine have been given to young women, meaning 80 per of those age 15 to 24 have received it.

In women, most cervical cancers are caused by HPV, according to sources.

"This is a life saving vaccine and I would encourage all eligible boys and girls to take up the NHS offer of the free vaccine".

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. "It's important not to delay vaccination, as the vaccine may be less effective as adolescents get older".

Around one in 20 cancers worldwide are linked to HPV and the virus causes huge proportions of cancers of the genitals.

Data recently published in The Lancet showed an 83% reduction in infections in 15- to 19-year-old girls over five to eight years, with researchers finding "compelling evidence of the substantial impact of HPV vaccination programmes on HPV infections".

A Scottish study also suggested the vaccine had reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by up to 71%.

- Some types of HPV infections can cause genital warts - the most common viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England and abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells within the cervix - this can sometimes lead to cervical cancer.

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

The estimates produced by the University of Warwick are based on a comparison between there being no HPV vaccination programme and the girls programme starting in 2008 with the addition of boys in 2017.

Experts at Public Health England (PHE) said the immunisation plan would prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and almost 50,000 non-cervical cancers over the next 40 years.

Parents with children aged between 12 and 13 should look out for information from schools.

"It pleases us to see the United Kingdom following the example of other nations such as Australia, which have implemented the vaccine for boys in 2013 and for girls since 2007".

From September, 12-13-year-old schoolboys will be eligible to receive the vaccine, which protects against the Human Papilloma Virus. Australia, which was the first country to introduce a nationwide HPV vaccination programme in 2007, is on track to eliminate it within 20 years.

From September - every boy in Year 8 across Leeds will be given the HPV jab - to help prevent the spread of cancer. This resulted in the HPV rate for young women dropping from 22% to 1% - and similar trends are being reported in boys.

And if they miss out on the vaccination, parents should talk to the school nurse or immunisation team to ensure they get the jab at a later date.



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