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Boys in Jersey between 12 and 13 to be offered the HPV vaccine

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been available to girls in Jersey since 2008. Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

Boys in Jersey aged between 12 and 13 will be offered the HPV vaccine to protect against viral infections which can cause cancer.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been available to girls in Jersey since 2008 to help prevent cervical cancer and other HPV related cancers in years to come.

There’s been a reduction in the amount of human papillomavirus in the population in the UK and elsewhere and this is a clear sign that the vaccine is effective. Evidence suggests that extending the vaccination programme to boys offers a real opportunity to make HPV related diseases an increasing rarity

– Dr Linda Diggle, Head of Preventive Programmes at Health and Community Services