England: HPV vaccination of boys to start

06 September 2019

Boys in England are being offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time as research shows it could prevent more than 100,000 cancers by 2058.

Modelling by the University of Warwick estimates that by 2058 in the UK the HPV vaccine now being used may have prevented up to 64,138 HPV-related cervical cancers and 49,649 other HPV-related cancers.

As the HPV vaccine extension to boys in Year 8 in England is rolled out this September, Public Health England (PHE) shared evidence of the potential impact of the vaccine, which has been offered to girls since 2008.

PHE head of immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay said: ‘This programme offers us the opportunity to make HPV-related diseases a thing of the past and build on the success of the girls’ programme. Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases in girls and reduce cancers in both men and women in the future.’