HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)
Current Information - July 2012
The Isle of Man launched the Human Papillloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme in 2010. HPV vaccination is offered to all girls aged 12 – 13 age group to help protect them from cervical cancer in the future.
From September 2012, a brand of vaccine called Gardasil, which offers protection against cervical cancer and genital warts will be used.
|Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations are offered to all girls aged 12 -13 (in year 8 at school)|
By having this routine vaccination girls will be protected against the two strains of HPV that cause over 70% of cases of cervical cancer in the UK, and also provides protection against a further two strains of HPV that cause around 90% of genital warts.
If you would like more details you can download a Question and Answers information sheet. You can also talk to your school nurse, your GP or practice nurse if you have further questions.
The Isle of Man commenced HPV vaccination in 2010; it is well received and tolerated, in the UK the vaccination has been offered since 2008. We have the opportunity of helping to prevent the spread of a very serious disease that affects over 3,000 women every year in the UK and causes over 1,000 deaths.
We hope that the information provided addresses any concerns about the vaccination and that you feel confident that by having the HPV vaccine girls are protecting themselves and others from a very serious disease later in life.
|What is HPV|
Parents or carers of eligible girls will receive a consent form through the post to complete and return to Public Health in the Summer prior to commencing year 8 at school (12- 13 years old). The scientific evidence for having the vaccinations at this age shows that the body makes its best immune system response that lasts well and can protect for 10 years – probably longer.
Girls who are under 18 remain eligible for the HPV vaccination through the programme, regardless of school year if they haven’t yet received it and should contact Public Health for further advice.
If you have missed any of your vaccinations and not received a new appointment, please contact us to arrange one telephone 642688. It is not necessary to restart all the injections again.
Reference documents and Useful website links
New resources are now available, please click on the images below to view and download these documents in a PDF file:
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|IMM05 04/12 HPV - The Facts Booklet||IMM08 04/12 HPV Vaccination information Leaflet|
|IMM06 04/12 HPV - Questions & Answers Booklet||IMM09 04/12 HPV Vaccination Consent Form|
|IMM07 04/12 HPV Vaccination Poster|
Click the links below to view External Website Links:
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust (Featuring details on the current Eastenders Story Line with Jo Joyner)
The documents in respect of the Isle of Man Campaign have been reproduced using the original wording issued by the UK NHS.
All health professionals that give immunisations or provide information and advice should link here to the UK - Department of Health 'Green Book' which gives a comprehensive and invaluable source of current information.
Updated July 2012