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HPV vaccine for 18-25s pressure

15th April 2009

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has urged ministers to find a way of making HPV vaccination available to women aged 18 to 25 to help protect them from cervical cancer.

According to minutes of its February meeting, the committee advised that vaccinating at-risk women in the age group would be worthwhile though it acknowledged that a universal catch-up campaign was unlikely to be cost-effective. The move follows research published last month suggesting that women who have already been exposed to HPV infection could still benefit from vaccination.

 

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