Scilly Achieves 100% HPV Vaccination Rate

St Mary’s Hospital

The islands have achieved 100% take-up for the vaccination that can prevent women developing cervical cancer.

Every single island girl in school year 8, born between September 1998 and the end of August 1999, has had their jab to prevent Human Papillomavirus, or HPV.

There’s been a national programme to vaccinate 12 and 13 year old girls against the virus, although parental agreement is required before they can have the injection.

In Cornwall, NHS bosses are concerned that only 49% of girls have had theirs.

Felicity Owen, the director of public health for Scilly and Cornwall says the mainland figures are worrying. She says young women are at risk of being exposed to HPV from the day they become sexually active and routine screening for cervical cancer isn’t available until they are 25 years old.

Marianne Cox of the primary care trust says the islands can be proud of the total take up here.