HPV vaccine extended to boys in United Kingdom first

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

HPV vaccine extended to boys in United Kingdom first

The jab protects against human papilloma virus, which causes many oral, throat and anal cancers.

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.

HPV is believed to be responsible for over 99 per cent of cervical cancers, as well as 90 per cent of anal, about 70 per cent of vaginal and vulvar cancers and more than 60 per cent of penile cancers.

The University of Warwick estimates that the jab will prevent 64,138 cervical cancers and 49,649 non-cervical cancers in the United Kingdom by 2058.

"The HPV vaccine has enjoyed 10 years of success in protecting girls from acquiring cervical cancer as women", he said in an emailed comment.

"I encourage all parents of eligible boys and girls to make sure they take up the offer for this potentially life-saving vaccine".

It is important not to delay the vaccine as it can become less effective as adolescents grow older, according to Dr Ramsay.

"Through our world-leading vaccination programme, we have already saved millions of lives and prevented countless cases of bad diseases".

"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". "Many of those cancers will occur in later young adult life or middle age, so the benefits will be felt over a long period of time".

In a bid to reduce the number of cancer cases in the United Kingdom, boys will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the government has announced.

PHE said the programme meant infections of some strains of HPV in youngsters aged 16 to 21 have fallen by 86% in England.

A study conducted in Scotland showed pre-cancerous cervical disease had been slashed by 71% since the introduction of the vaccine in 2008.

Public Health have announced today it's extending it to 12 and 13 year old boys - rather than just girls as it is now.

Parents of girls and boys aged 12 and 13 should look out for information from their children's school about the vaccine and timings for the jab.

And if they miss out on the vaccination, parents should talk to the school nurse or immunisation team to ensure they get the jab at a later date.

There are two injections, with the second needed between six and 24 months after the first.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine now used in the NHS vaccination programme is called Gardasil.

Extensive reviews of HPV vaccine safety have been undertaken by various independent health bodies/authorities worldwide including the EMA, CDC, WHO and the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).

One potential argument is that HPV vaccines and associated immunisation programmes are massively expensive.

In most cases, HPV goes away on its own. Around 40 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area. They are also transmitted through various sexual activities as they are usually in hands, fingers, genitals and mouth.

Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as warts and verrucas. Shame there's no catch up program for boys as there is for girls. Note: material may have been edited for length and content.

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