Introduction of a universal HPV immunisation programme
There is a forthcoming expansion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme in schools.
In the UK, we have among the highest HPV vaccination coverage rates in the world and this is largely achieved because it is a school-based programme, with excellent support provided by schools to enable the NHS immunisations teams to vaccinate school age children. Our young people and adult population are well protected against serious diseases as a result.
As schools are a key partner, we would like to make you aware that the HPV vaccine will now be offered to boys, in addition to girls, as part of the routine school-based schedule in England. The extension to boys will take effect from 1 September 2019.
This change follows the Government announcement in July 2018 to extend HPV vaccination to boys, based on the advice of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The JCVI statement about HPV vaccination and expansion to boys is available here: JCVI statement: extending the HPV vaccination programme – conclusions
The vaccination programme will now be offered to any individual who is in school year 8. We will also include eligible individuals who may be home-educated or educated in alternative provision.
Key points that are useful to know about the changes to the programme:
If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see enclosed letter ‘Information sharing to support the provision of important school
If you have any queries regarding this information, please contact the Childhood Immunisation Team for Durham, Darlington and Teesside on 03000 032544 (Karen Guest-Humphries, Clinical Lead).
If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see letter attached letter.