The HPV vaccine has been offered free to girls in secondary schools in Scotland since 2008. High uptake of the HPV vaccine has reduced levels of cancer-causing HPV in young women in Scotland by 90%.
• From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free to protect them against HPV which can cause head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers.
• The vaccine will continue to be offered to S2 girls (and above for those who have missed.
• There is no catch up programme for boys.
• From next academic year 2020/21, every S1 and S2 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the HPV vaccination.
• If parents or carers still have questions after reading the leaflet and visiting www.nhsinform.scot/hpv, please talk to your GP or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88).
o The helpline is open every day, and also provides webchat and an interpreting service called Language Line to support callers who can’t or prefer not to speak English. Visit the NHS inform website for the opening hours: www.nhsinform.scot/contact-us