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School nurses may give HPV jab

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PCTs and health boards are to decide if school nurses will administer the new UK vaccination scheme for the human papilloma virus (HPV).

PCTs and health boards are to decide if school nurses will administer the new UK vaccination scheme for the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Ministers announced last week that, from next September, girls aged 12-13 will be routinely vaccinated against the HPV to protect them against cervical cancer. There will also be a two-year catch up programme for girls aged up to 18 years, starting in autumn 2009.

PCTs will decide how the programme is to be administered but the Department of Health has admitted that nurses are likely to be called on.

A DH spokesperson told NT : 'It is likely that the programme will be administered by nurses in schools - the catch-up will be done by GP surgeries.'

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