Year-8 boys in Sandwell and West Birmingham given extra protection from cancer

Text size:
Year-8 boys in Sandwell and West Birmingham will be given the HPV vaccine from September in further efforts to protect against the virus. The move has been welcomed by our CCG as there is strong evidence that shows the HPV vaccine can protect people from a virus that can trigger a wide range of cancers that affect both men and women.

The vaccine will be offered to boys, in addition to girls, as part of the routine school aged schedule in England from 1 September 2019. This follows the government’s announcement in July 2018 to include HPV vaccination of boys, which was based on the advice of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI.

HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses. There are many types of HPV, some of which are called "high risk" because they're linked to the development of cancers, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer, genital cancers, and cancers of the of the head and neck.

Estimates from Public Health England suggest that the HPV vaccine programme will lead to the prevention of over 64,000 cervical cancers and nearly 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058.

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

"We are pleased that the HPV vaccine will be given to year-8 boys, as well as girls, from September. This vaccine can help save lives and helps to prevent the complications of cancer. Since the HPV Vaccine has been available on the NHS for girls, it has had excellent take-up, with impressive results.
"We are encouraging all parents of eligible children to get their child vaccinated when it is offered, and if they miss the round for any reason that they let their school nurse know, so that they can be invited to a 'catch-up' clinic.”

For more information about the HPV vaccine visit https://bit.ly/2GpXo88.