Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is thought in 70% of cases to be caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPP). This is spread from one person to another during sexual activity. The best way to protect against the virus is for girls to be vaccinated against it.

What is it?

Vaccination giving protection against Human Papilloma Virus. It is given in  two doses with a six month interval between.


Who should have the vaccination?

The Department of Health suggests the vaccination is offered to all pupils in school year 8.


Why give in this school year?

Although it is widely accepted that most pupils are not sexually active at this age, it is better given at this because it has been proven that the vaccine provides the best protection if given between the ages of 12 and 13 years, before becoming sexually active.


Is the vaccination safe?

The vaccine is as safe as all vaccines that are given in the routine vaccination schedule. As with all the vaccines given in the UK, before being introduced into the schedule it underwent rigourous testing.


How long has the vaccination been given?

The vaccination was introduced into the routine teenage immunisation schedule in September 2005. Boys were introduced in the schedule in 2019.


How common is Human Papilloma Virus?

It is thought that half of the population will be affected by this virus at some in their life.