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Call for HPV vaccine to be offered to older boys

Call for HPV vaccine to be offered to older boys

The Teenage Cancer Trust wants the HPV vaccine programme to be extended to older boys and young men.

Strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) are linked to the majority of cervical cancer cases as well as oral, throat and anal cancers.

Teenage girls have been able to get the HPV jab in the UK since 2008 but now boys aged 11-13 will be offered it too.

The government said that vaccinating older boys would only have "limited benefit".

From this term, boys aged 12 and 13 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will be offered the vaccine in secondary schools, along with boys aged 11 and 12 in high schools in Scotland.

Two doses are needed to be fully protected and the protection lasts for at least 10 years. If the first dose of HPV vaccine has not been given before the age of 15, three doses will be needed to be fully protected.

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