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Expert reaction to HPV vaccine, modelling of cancer prevention, and introduction in September of vaccine programme for boys

Posted On: 9 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

Public Health England have announced plans to provide boys with the HPV vaccine for the first time. This in light of estimates that suggest that the HPV vaccine programme will lead to the prevention of over 100,000 cancers by 2058.
David Elliman, Immunisation Expert for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health , and Consultant in Community Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, said:
“The UK programme to vaccinate girls against HPV infection has been very successful. It is estimated that by 2058, it will have prevented over 64,000 cases of cervical cancer and we have already seen a major reduction in cases of ano-genital warts. While, because of herd immunity, there has also been a reduction in HPV infection in males, the most effective way to protect them is for them to have the vaccine themselves. Therefore, we welcome the introduction of the vaccination programme for Year 8 boys in September. In time, this will lead to a significant reduction in cancers of the anus, penis and...

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