Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine

What is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine?

HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses. There are many types of HPV, some of which are called “high risk” because they’re linked to the development of cancers, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer, genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck. Other types can cause conditions like verucas and warts.

Nearly all cervical cancers (99.7%) are caused by infection with a high-risk type of HPV. But only some of the anal and genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck, are caused by HPV infection. The rest of these cancers are caused by other risk factors like smoking and drinking alcohol.

HPV infections do not usually cause any symptoms, and most people will not know they’re infected.

From September 2019, all 12- and 13-year-olds in school Year 8 will be offered on the NHS the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The second dose is normally offered 6 to 12 months after the first (in school Year 8 or Year 9). It’s important to have both doses to be protected.

Those who missed their HPV vaccination in school Year 8 can continue to have the vaccine up to their 25th birthday.


Please see the new NHS HPV video, aimed at parents and children of year 8 children. From this month, September 2019, the HPV vaccine will be offered to all young people aged 12-13.