HPV vaccine will now also be offered to boys

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has approved the inclusion of the HPV vaccine for boys into the National Immunisation Programme. Thus, HPV vaccinations will be given to the entire age group from now on. Vaccinations for boys could begin in August 2020.

According to the Immunisation Programme, HPV vaccinations would start in the 5th grade of comprehensive school, i.e. the recommended target group is 11–12-year-olds. Booster vaccinations should also be offered to boys in grades 7–9 during the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 school years.

The HPV vaccine protects against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. Vaccination can prevent cervical cancer and its precursors, in particular. HPV vaccinations covering the entire age group will effectively prevent the spread of the virus and thus improve the effectiveness of the vaccinations.

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