BOYS in the Republic are to be included in a vaccination scheme designed to prevent cancer. The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is already offered to teenage girls in their first year of secondary school and protects and cervical cancer. Last month, the British government announced it was to follow the lead of Scotland and Wales and extend the programme to boys - with Northern Ireland now the only region failing to offer the jab to boys. The HPV virus is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause a range of cancers in men also, including throat and mouth cancer. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said they planned roll out the scheme next year after the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) found there are "considerable health benefits". "We believe it is the right thing to do, both to reduce incidents of cancer among women but also HPV infections in men which give rise to anal cancer and head and neck cancers which can be particularly nasty." A leading charity in the … [Read more...] about Boys in Republic to get HPV vaccine
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PUBLISHED: 07:28 26 June 2018 Sheena Grant It’s 10 years since a vaccine was introduced to protect young women from the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. Becky Marsh with her son, William, six. And since then, according to a new study, there’s been a significant fall in the number of women becoming infected with high-risk strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which also cause a range of other cancers in both women and men. HPV infections decreased in 16 to 21-year-old women by 86% between 2010 and 2016, data from Public Health England shows. Now, campaigners are hopeful that protection from the virus is about to be offered to boys too, with reports in the last few days that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to give the go-ahead next month for the extension of the vaccination programme to teenage boys. Cervical cancer kills around 870 women a year and 500 women annually die from other HPV-related cancers but experts say the virus is now known to … [Read more...] about Beccles mum welcomes news that boys may get HPV vaccine too
Since then, more than ten million doses of HPV vaccine have been given to young women in this country and we’re now at a place where over 80% of women aged 15-24 have received the vaccine. These results are a testament to the hard work of all our doctors, nurses and health visitors. This means that this generation will be well protected from developing cervical cancer in the future, which is caused by HPVs 99% of the time. So what has all this hard work achieved? Since the introduction of HPV vaccination, infections of HPV types 16/18 in 16-21 year old women have reduced by 86% in England. Considering around 80% of all cervical cancers are caused by these types, this means we expect to see big reductions in cervical cancer in years to come. Cervical cancer most commonly affects women in their mid to late twenties, so once vaccinated girls reach these ages and beyond we can get an accurate picture of the impact this vaccine will have on this devastating cancer. Although it will … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Ten years on since the start of the HPV vaccine programme – what impact is it having?
The Western Trust is urging parents of girls who are eligible to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to make sure that they get it to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life. The Trust is supporting the Public Health Agency (PHA) HPV Campaign.The vaccine is offered to girls in Year 9 and 10 through a school-based programme.The Western Trust said that after the HPV vaccine was launched the uptake was very good, with figures for Year 9 girls peaking at 88.1% in 2012. However, since then there has been a steady decrease with 2017 being the lowest to date at 74.6%, although uptake improved with the chance to be vaccinated in year 10 for those who had missed out in year 9.The Western Trust’s School Nursing Team has already commenced the HPV Programme for girls in year 9 and 10 in schools throughout the Western Trust area from the 19 March until the 25 April 2018. An additional session per school will be held in the first week of June 2018.Irene … [Read more...] about HPV vaccine call to parents
PUBLISHED: 14:39 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 25 January 2018 Sam Gelder Cllr Harvey Odze. Archant A Tory councillor was accused of “spouting nonsense” last night after he claimed the HPV vaccine was the “21st century’s Thalidomide”. Cllr Harvey Odze was responding to a question from Labour’s Cllr Jessica Webb (Hackney Wick) about the possibility of extending the vaccination to boys. After health chief Cllr Jonathan McShane responded saying reviews on the programme were carried out regularly, Cllr Odze (Springfield) left almost everyone gobsmacked with his take. “Given the considerable body of medical evidence that HPV does not cause cervical cancer, and that the vaccine is on its way to becoming the 21st century’s Thalidomide, can you assure me all parents are given full information about the dangers of the vaccine?” Thalidomide was used in the late 1950s and early 1960s to tackle morning sickness, but led to children … [Read more...] about Hackney councillor slammed for saying HPV vaccine is ‘21st century Thalidomide’