It has been more than a decade since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced.
First awarded to girls in England in 2008, then 11 years later to boys, the introduction has been extremely successful.
Professor Peter Sasieni, one of the researchers at King’s College London, said “the effects have been enormous” and it is “just the tip of the iceberg” as many generations to come will receive the vaccine and their risk of developing HPV. to fall ill, significantly lower.
Dr. Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist for the UK health authority, says the results 13 years after the vaccination was introduced were “remarkable” and showed that vaccination “saves lives by drastically reducing the rate of cervical cancer in women”.
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by a virus, so vaccination is an extremely effective way to prevent it from developing.
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, killing more than 300,000 people each year.
About nine in ten of these deaths are women from low- or middle-income countries with limited access to cervical cancer screening. It is hoped that over 100 countries will start using the vaccine now, the world could soon be cervical cancer free if vaccinations keep increasing.
How effective is the HPV vaccine?
The first real-world data shows the HPV vaccine is 87 percent effective in reducing cancer cases, a report published by the Lancet shows.
A study funded by Cancer Research UK, found that the cervical cancer rate in women who received the vaccine between the ages of 12 and 13, who are now in their twenties, was nearly 90 percent lower than an unvaccinated population.
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of this NHS vaccination program. The sting has saved thousands of girls and boys from death and has the potential to save millions of lives around the world.
However, the question arises as to whether a midlife booster is needed. There are over 100 types of HPV that can also cause cancers of the mouth and throat, and the current vaccine only vaccinates against two of them.
When was the HPV vaccine launched in the UK?
The vaccine was given to girls in September 2008, which means the first people to receive the vaccine are now 25 or 26 years old.
Why do boys get the HPV vaccine?
HPV not only causes cancer in the cervix, but can also be found in the mouth, throat, penis, and anus. This is how boys also receive a dose of the vaccine.
Boys got the HPV vaccine in 2019 after fighting by health groups.
When do I get the HPV vaccine?
According to the NHS England, girls and boys will be offered their first dose of HPV vaccine between the ages of 12 and 13 when they are in 8th grade of school. The second dose is given six to 24 months after the first.