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HPV vaccination in summary

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The HPV vaccination programme will help reduce the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of women who have to be treated for abnormal cervical screening results. The UK NHS vaccination programme for 11–18 years old girls in Scotland and 12–18 year old girls in the rest of the UK estimates that it will save up to 400 lives a year [1]. Girls who are offered the HPV vaccine have an opportunity to protect themselves from two high-risk types of HPV that cause at least 70% of all cervical cancers. It is essential that all girls who are vaccinated also attend cervical screening when invited because the vaccine does not protect against all HPV types. If you are not eligible for the vaccination the best protection against cervical cancer is to continue going for regular cervical screenings. The combination of HPV vaccination and cervical screening can help reduce cervical cancer incidence in the UK.


  1. NHS Choices, 2014. HPV vaccine. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/hpv-human-papillomavirus.... Accessed: 19.05.15
Date last updated: 
21 May 2015
Date due for review: 
21 May 2018

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