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Cervical Cancer Vaccination Programme
Human Papilloma Vaccination (HPV) programme in North Somerset schools
The vaccination which prevents most cervical cancers is being offered to thousands of girls in North Somerset.
Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. It is the second most common cancer of women worldwide and around 1,000 women die as a result of it in the UK each year.
The HPV vaccine will be routinely offered to all girls from school year 8 to year 13. Parents or carers of girls up to the age of 16 are being sent information and are asked to consider giving their consent for vaccination. Girls aged 16 and over may self consent.
All girls need to have three doses of the vaccine over a minimum period of six months and maximum period of 12 months. The majority of girls in current school years 8 and 13 have now received all three doses.
Any girls under the age of 18 who wish to commence the vaccination programme who are not in school, along with any current year 8 girls who would like to begin the vaccination programme and did not receive it in school, are welcome to attend one of the sessions below or alternatively can contact Helen Court, HPV Coordinator to make alternative arrangements on 01934 852927.
Further information can also be obtained at www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Translated leaflets are available in a variety of languages and can be
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If you are a health professional and would like further information about the vaccination programme please visit: www.immunisation.nhs.uk/..../Resources
For more information about the North Somerset HPV vaccination programme please contact Ginette Corr at Ginette.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01275 885153.