HPV jab for Year 8 boys in South Yorkshire

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said the first phase will cover the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur as well as Kedah and Kelantan

This includes cervical, penile, anal and genital cancers and some cancers of the head and neck - all of which the vaccine helps to protect against.

More than 3,000 women in the United Kingdom are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United Kingdom and the disease kills over 850 women annually. In cervical cancers, HPV is estimated to be responsible for over 99% of all cases.

Figures released by the University of Warwick estimate that by 2058, the vaccine now being used could have prevented over 64,000 HPV-related cervical cancers and 49,000 other HPV-related cancers.

"Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future", said Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE.

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

Some 100,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in Britain in the next 40 years by a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cancers of the cervix, mouth, anus and genitals, United Kingdom health officials said on Tuesday.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "almost every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some time in their life if they don't get the HPV vaccine".

"We now know HPV can be the cause of several other cancers as well as cervical and getting eligible people vaccinated will save lives in years to come".

"I think it is great that men are now also being offered the HPV vaccine, to protect them and the women around them".

The jab protects against human papillomavirus, which causes many throat cancer, and anal cancers.

Girls aged 12 to 13 have been provided the HPV vaccine since 2008 in the UK.

Since the introduction of HPV vaccination, infections of some types of HPV (HPV 16/18) in 16 to 21 year old women have reduced by 86% in England. A Scottish study also showed that the vaccine has reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by up to 71 per cent.

Boys aged 12 and 13 will be provided the vaccine in secondary schools from the beginning of the next school term. This follows the recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Parents advised to immunise children to prevent infection.

But when the next academic year begins, boys in year eight will be given the jab too with parental consent.

The first dose will be given in school in Year 8, with a follow-up dose six months to two years later, also given in school.

The boys can be eligible from the start of the new faculty year, 11 years after women have been first vaccinated.

Public Health England (PHE) have officially launched the universal HPV vaccine programme, gaining the support of the BMA and RCGP. Prior to September 2012, a vaccine called Cervarix was used.

Extensive research of the vaccine by leading health bodies worldwide shows that it offers protection for at least a decade, although experts say it could last for much longer and may even be lifelong, according to Public Health England.

In total, the HPV vaccine program could prevent over 100,000 cases of cancer by 2058, officials said.

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