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HPV vaccine switch takes place

The vaccine used by school nurses to deliver the human papilloma immunisation programme has changed this month.

The quadrivalent vaccine Gardasil is now being used for routine HPV immunisation of girls aged 12-13.

The switch from the bivalent vaccine Cervarix, which has been used since 2008, follows an announcement from the Department of Health in November 2011.

Readers' comments (5)

  • It would have been helpful to include the DOH rationale for changing. My daughter had the original vaccine, what does this mean for her?

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  • If your daughter has had the full 3 jab's she is still protected against HPV 16 +18. These 2 strains of HPV are accountable for up to 70% of cervical cancer cases. The new vaccine offers protection from another 2 strains of HPV which can cause genital warts. That is the only difference. Your daughter has still got the same protection against cervical cancer.

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  • Hope that helps Nikki

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  • Steve Ford

    I have now added in a couple of links that should take people through to the original DH letter sent last year, which explains what the switch means and why the decision was taken.

    Hope that helps.


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  • Nicola
    thank you for replying and for giving me much needed info.

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