The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination is offered to all girls from the age of 12 to their 18th birthday and involves two injections in the upper arm, roughly 6-12 months apart.
The HPV vaccine is important because it is effective at stopping girls from getting the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers – the most common cancer in females under 35.
So why is the HPV vaccine offered from 12 years of age?
HPV can be caught through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it, this includes touching. This is why the HPV vaccine is most effective in females before they come into contact with the virus. They need to be reached before they become sexually active. For more information about HPV visit the NHS choices page.
Girls who miss either of their HPV vaccine doses should speak to their school nurse, school immunisation team or their GP surgery to make an appointment as soon as possible to have the missed doses.