The STI Clinic News > HPV Protection Upgrade
# Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Posted: Wednesday, 05 September 2012 | Categories: HPV

Everyone is back to school and with that parents are being encouraged to have their daughters vaccinated against HPV (human papilloma virus), which is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause both genital warts and cervical cancer. Gardasil protects against all the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and cervical cancer.

The vaccine is given to girls in year 8 but is also available on the NHS for girls under the age of 17. The vaccine is administered on three separate occasions and if the full 3 doses are not administered the vaccination will be ineffective so people are urged to come back for their second and third dose. Many in the past have not come back, leaving them unprotected against this potentially serious virus.

The UK has recently upgraded its vaccination from Cervarix, which only protected against 2 strains of HPV.

 

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