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HPV vaccination for boys?

2nd April 2009

Cervical cancer expert Dr Anne Szarewski said she believed the Department of Health may be forced to add boys to the HPV vaccination programme to hit uptake levels required for herd immunity.

Speaking at a MIMS women’s health conference in central London, Dr Szarewski warned it was short-sighted to vaccinate only girls as it was “extremely unlikely” that uptake in girls would hit the 100% level. Latest data for HPV uptake in England to January showed that only 73.4% of 12-13-year-olds received a second dose of the vaccine.

 

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