HPV Vaccination: Protecting Your Child Against Cancers

The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination is being offered to all 12 and 13 year old children in Year 8. Please see below for details about the vaccine and how to give your consent.

How do I give my consent?

To fill in the online consent form for your child to receive the HPV vaccinations please go to the website below. This will take you to the Childhood Immunisation Service for North Yorkshire and City of York homepage. Please click on the link for the online consent form, enter your school’s unique code (see below) and click “Find School”. You may then begin filling out your child’s information. Once submitted, if you provide a valid email address, you will receive an automatic confirmation email. The deadline for online consents is 25 August 2019.

www.hdft.nhs.uk/immsconsent

SCHOOL CODE: 121667

Why is this vaccine being offered?

The HPV vaccine helps to protect against:

  • Head and Neck cancers
  • Cervical cancer
  • Anal and Penile cancers
  • Genital Warts

The HPV vaccination requires two doses to be given at least six months apart. The first dose will be given in the Autumn Term 2019 and the second dose in the Summer Term 2020.

Is the HPV vaccine just for girls?

Historically this vaccine has only been offered to girls as HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. However, due to increasing rates of head and neck cancers in adulthood linked to HPV infection, the programme is now being offered to boys as well. Early vaccination gives us the opportunity to help prevent the spread of a very serious disease that affects over 3,000 adults every year in the UK and causes over 1,000 deaths.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about why this vaccine is being offered:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/hpv-human-papillomavirus-vaccine

You can read the patient information leaflet for the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) here: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.261.pdf

We hope that the information provided addresses any concerns you or your child might have about the vaccination. By having the HPV vaccine they will be helping to protect themselves and others from very serious diseases later in life. It is important that this letter is shared with your child.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, or you believe your child’s vaccination status is not up to date (including MMR), please contact the Childhood Immunisation Team by ringing 01423 542360 or emailing childhood.immunisations@hdft.nhs.uk.

Please note that if you do not wish for your child to have this vaccine in school, you should still complete the form to formally register your non-consent.

Lois Alderson
Clinical Lead for Childhood Immunisations for North Yorkshire and City of York

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