In years 8 and 9 girls and boys will be offered a HPV vaccination which protect against Human Papillomavirus.
All immunisations are given by a healthcare professional who is experienced in giving immunisations. The immunisation will be in your upper arm.
You will receive a letter explaining your vaccination and a consent form about 2 weeks beforehand. Your parents or carers need to sign and send the consent form back to school.
If you want to discuss having the vaccine you can speak to your school's Link Nurse in your monthly school drop-in or chat to a nurse via Starting Well Online Chat.
What is HPV?
HPV is the name of a very common group of viruses. They do not cause any problems in most people, but some types can cause genital warts or cancer. HPV affects the skin. There are more than 100 different types.
Please see the video clip below for more information.
Video clip by NHS
What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women under the age of 35. In the UK, around 3000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year and about 900 women die from it, almost all in older women who were unable to benefit from the vaccination programme. Cervical cancer develops in the cervix (the entrance to the womb – see diagram below).
About the Vaccine
The HPV vaccine protects against the two types that cause most cases (over 70%) of cervical cancer. Having the HPV vaccine now will help protect you from getting cervical cancer when you are an adult. Since September 2019 boys have been offered the HPV vaccine as well as girls.
The vaccine has passed the strict safety standards for use in the United Kingdom and has been shown to be a very safe vaccine.
I missed my vaccination, can I still have it?
Yes. If you missed either of your vaccinations you should speak with your school's Link Nurse or a member of the Starting Well Immunisation team, who will arrange an appointment for you. You can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01244 397470.
Having the vaccination
The nurse will give you the vaccination in your upper arm. You will be offered the first injection in year 8. The second one will be offered 6 to 12 months after the first, but it can be given up to 24 months after. It’s important that you have both doses to be protected.
As with all vaccines, any reports of side effects are closely monitored and reviewed. See www.nhs.uk/hpv or see the patient information leaflet (PIL) if you’d like more information on side effects.
Online Consent Form