Boys and the HPV jab

20 Jul 2018 08:51

Hello everyone,

Did you hear the news?

For many years since becoming available in the UK the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was offered to help protect against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. But until now, only girls could routinely benefit from it. Now the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is recommending that adolescent boys should be given the vaccine as well.

The next step is for the Government to formally accept the recommendation and extend the programme to boys. Once they have accepted the recommendation, they must publish a plan and timetable for the roll-out.

To read more about the news and what happens next have a look at our Science blog. And feel free to leave your comments, we'd love to hear what you think. Happy

Renata, Cancer Chat Moderator