HPV Vaccination in UK
Preventing cancer is better than treating it.
Since the vaccine was introduced in immunisation programme in the UK, HPV infections among sexually-active females aged 16–18 were
than in 2008.
These early findings support the view that the HPV vaccination programme can reduce the number of cases of cervical cancer.
Prevalence of HPV16/18 in a survey of 16–18 year old sexually active females in England before the immunisation programme and after
Individual country coverage in 2016/17 (girls vaccinated by the end of year 9)
In UK, all girls aged
Can get the HPV vaccine free from the National Health Service (NHS). Since 2008/09, HPV vaccination coverage for two-doses was constantly above 80%
Vaccinating girls indirectly helps protect boys who are in risk of other types of cancers that HPV infection is linked to, such as mouth and throat. This is known as "herd immunity”.