LGA responds to HPV extension announcement

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to the Public Health England announcement that the HPV vaccine will be extended to boys from this September.

Vaccine into arm

“This positive announcement will make this essential vaccination universally available to every child to help combat the spread of cervical and other related cancers.

“It has been more than ten years since the HPV vaccine was first given to girls and successive independent studies have confirmed its effectiveness and safety. 

“This vaccine will help protect children against HPV infection and associated cancers. Having this vaccination at the earliest opportunity will lead to herd immunity among children, protecting their health and as they develop into adults.”