The HPV Vaccine – Beating Cervical Cancer
The HPV vaccine Gardasil is currently routinely offered to girls aged 12-13yrs. From September 2014 the schedule will change from 3 to 2 doses. The 2 doses of the new schedule must be given at least 6 months and not more than 24 months apart.
- Gardasil 1st dose 12-13 years ( year 8 at school)
- Gardasil 2nd dose 6 – 24 months ideally at 12 months (for operational purposes) but under the age of 15yrs.
- Girls who have currently received 2 x HPV vaccines under the old programme should still receive 3 vaccines as previously recommended.
- Girls who have not had the first dose by the age of 15yrs should be offered the 3 dose schedule. This is because the antibody response in older girls isn’t as effective.
- The HPV vaccine for females over the age of 18yrs is not covered by the NHS vaccination programme unless they have already started the programme.
- Females coming to the UK from abroad should be offered the vaccine if they are under 18yrs or if they are over 18ys and have already entered the vaccination programme in their home country.
Ref: (https uk government publications the hpv vaccine beating cervical cancer) (Accessed 16.9.14)