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UK ought to move to 1 dose of HPV jab for teenagers

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The UK ought to move to providing youngsters one shot of HPV vaccine somewhat than two, specialists are advising.

They say there’s now sufficient proof that one dose supplies wonderful safety towards cancers – largely cervical most cancers – brought on by a virus referred to as human papillomavirus (HPV).

Currently, ladies and boys are supplied a primary dose when they’re round 11-13, with a second one some months later.

The authorities will now take into account the specialists’ recommendation.

It comes from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

“This aligns with latest recommendation from the World Health Organization, mentioned Dr Vanessa Saliba of the JCVI.

She added that the proof for one dose was “compelling”.

“The recommendation has now been revealed and we are going to ensure that we work with the NHS and well being companions to assist the rollout of any modifications to the programme.”

In addition to the routine adolescent programme, there is a separate HPV vaccination programme for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men aged up to 45 years, which is delivered through sexual health clinics.

The advice from JCVI on the move to one dose applies to everyone under the age of 25. Over-25s should continue to be offered two doses, it says.

What is HPV?

There are more than 100 different types of HPV and infections do not usually cause any symptoms – although some types can cause warts. These may appear on your hand, foot, genitals or inside your mouth.

It is very easy to pick up, being very contagious, and is spread by close skin-to-skin contact.

Most people, however, will not know they’re infected and their bodies will get rid of the virus without treatment.

High-risk types of HPV, on the other hand, can cause abnormal tissue growth which can lead to cancers.

The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, most anal cancers, and some genital and head and neck cancers.

Studies suggests it is vitally efficient, chopping instances of cervical most cancers by nearly 90%.

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