HPV Campaign Launched
9 October 2012
HPV campaign launched across Inner North West London
A public health campaign promoting the importance of teenage girls receiving the HPV vaccine has launched across Inner North West London.
The campaign has been developed by Preventative Medicine Team in Public Health at Inner North West London PCTs together with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s (CLCH) immunisation leads. The campaign involves posters on bus rears across the boroughs. It aims to deliver messages to parents of girls aged 12-13 to increase their awareness of the HPV vaccination.
Jane Clegg, director of nursing, quality and assurance at CLCH said:
“The HPV vaccine is crucial in helping prevent a deadly disease. It’s important that year 8 girls get all three doses of the vaccine from their school nurse – it’s very safe and has an extremely high prevention rate”.
With the new school term upon us, local health chiefs are calling on girls in year 8 (aged 12-13) to arm themselves against cervical cancer and get the HPV vaccine that can prevent this deadly disease and is being offered in schools by school nurses. Eligible girls will be provided with three doses of the HPV vaccine. The school nursing team will be working with both parents and girls to make sure they know that they need to receive all three doses for the vaccine to be fully effective.
Dr Adrian Brown, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said: “We strongly believe that all girls should be protected against cervical cancer and we are working with schools where there hasn’t yet been full uptake of the three dose HPV vaccine.”
Cervical cancer develops in the cervix and is caused by a virus called HPV. There are over 100 types of HPV, HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for over 70% of all cervical cancers in Europe. HPV types 6 and 11 cause the majority of cases of genital warts. The HPV vaccine is also 99% effective at preventing genital warts associated with vaccine types in young women. It is estimated that about 400 lives could be saved in the UK every year as a result of vaccinating girls before they are infected with HPV.
The campaign will run on 24 bus rears and this is on bus routes 10, 23 and 70, which run across the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster from 8 Oct for four weeks.
For more information about the HPV jab, please call the CLCH School Health Teams: Westminster 020 7641 7467/ Kensington and Chelsea 020 7349 2824/ Hammersmith and Fulham 020 8846 6812
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