Impressive Uptake Of HPV Vaccination On Scilly

Every single girl aged between 12 and 13 years on the islands has been vaccinated against HPV, which has been linked to cervical cancer, according to data from the NHS.

That’s almost double the percentage of eligible girls immunised on the mainland and James Bolt from the NHS in Cornwall and Scilly says that’s an impressive response.

James says that health professionals on the islands have been very proactive in identifying and encouraging eligible girls to get the vaccine and told us there appears to be no major side effects from the vaccine, which has now been given to tens of thousands of young girls across many countries.

The vaccination programme has been controversial, with some critics claiming it can encourage sexual activity, but James says it should really be viewed as a cancer prevention scheme.