From September 2019, boys in school year 8 will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time.
The first dose of the HPV vaccine will be offered to boys and girls aged 12 and 13 in year 8. The second dose can be given anytime between 6 to 24 months after. Two doses are needed to be fully protected.
Girls and boys who have their first vaccination after the age of 15 will need to have 3 doses.
Older boys (those currently aged 13 to 18) will not be offered the vaccine on a ‘catch-up’ basis.
For more information about HPV, visit this NHS website.
Parents of girls and boys aged 12 and 13 should look out for information from their children’s school about the vaccine and timings for the jab. If they miss out on the vaccination for any reason they should talk to their school nurse or immunisation team about getting the vaccine at a later date.