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School girls encouraged to vaccinate against HPV

Posted on the 27th April 2016

With World Immunisation Week underway, thousands of years 8 and 9 girls in Lancashire are being encouraged to be vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus).

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s HPV Immunisation Team has been vaccinating thousands of secondary school pupils at over 120 schools in East and Central Lancashire and in Blackburn with Darwen throughout the current school year.

Pearl Greenwood, Immunisation Team Leader at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"With it presently being World Immunisation Week, the importance of being vaccinated cannot be stressed enough. HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancers so we strongly advise all girls to be vaccinated to be protected against this virus. Our teams also offer a flexible service for year 8 girls who are educated outside of mainstream schools so there is no reason that your child should not be vaccinated. Most forms of HPV go unnoticed because they are symptomless so prevention is the best form of protection. A simple injection protects you for life and could save your life."

HPV is the name given to a family of viruses that affect the skin and membranes that line the body.  The vaccine protects against the two types of the virus that cause over 70% of the cases of cervical cancer so the importance of the vaccination should not be underestimated. The team urges parents and guardians to allow their children to be protected against HPV. Schoolgirls are being encouraged to receive two doses of the vaccine to ensure they are fully protected. The first dose is given in year 8 and the second in year 9.

The teams also vaccinate Year 10 and 11 boys and girls against Meningitis ACWY and DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio). For more information, please call the HPV Immunisation Team on 01772 644515 or on 01282 644432.