From September 2019 boys and girls in first year of secondary school will be offered the HPV vaccine.
The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer, cancers of the vagina and vulva, throat (oropharynx) and back passage (rectum) when they grow up.
The HPV vaccine protects boys from developing cancers of the penis and cancers of the throat (oropharynx) and back passage (rectum) when they grow up.
The vaccine works best when given at the age of 12 to 13 years.
WHO states the HPV vaccine is extremely safe.
If you have questions about HPV speak to a trusted health professional like your GP or Pharmacist.