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HPV vaccine to be offered to boys in Guernsey

The vaccine will be provided alongside the school immunisation programme from January 2020. Credit: PA Images

Boys between the ages of 12 and 13 in Guernsey will be offered the HPV vaccine for the first time.

It protects against viral infections that cause cancer and has been offered free of charge to girls in Guernsey and Alderney since 2008.

The virus is linked to around a half of penile cancers and the majority of anal, throat, head and neck cancers.

The vaccine will be provided alongside the school immunisation programme from January 2020.

I am delighted to announce the extension of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys.

This aligns closely with our commitment to prevention and early intervention and will have a major impact on the incidence of HPV-related cancers in the future.

– Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of Guernsey's Health & Social Care Committee