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Why do we need the HPV inoculation?

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What is HPV

HPV or the human papillomavirus to give it its full title is not a new virus and has been around for a long time. It is a sexually transmitted virus that affects both males and females and those at a higher risk are the ones who have had sex at an early age or who have had lots of sexual partners. It is passed through contact with the genitals of people already infected and from skin to skin contact too.

How would you know you have the virus?

For most people the virus is just like ‘flu’ and will go away on its own without causing any health problems. The worrying thing about HPV is that lots of people do not know they have contracted it and can carry it with them for a great many years without any symptoms at all … infecting others as they go.

Why should I have this vaccination if I have not had sex yet?

There are thought to be over 3,000 women every year in the UK who contract cervical cancer, a disease that affects women only as the cervix is part of the female reproductive system and although most girls don't start having sex until they are 16 or older it is important that they get this vaccination early, which will protect them in the future.

Why is it given in school and not at my doctors?

To ensure girls are protected from contracting cervical cancer, the HPV vaccine is offered to all 12-13 year old girls, usually in Year 8, and what better place to inoculate as many girls as possible than in schools where large numbers of girls congregate.

Will it be painful?

The HPV vaccine will be given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm or thigh and is done in two or three doses, depending on where you live in the country and you need all of them to be protected against the virus.

The injection itself may sting just a little bit but this will only be for a few seconds with some girls noticing a little redness, bruising, swelling or irritation at the site of the injection for a few days afterwards which is quite normal. Remember the HPV inoculation initiative is going to help lessen your risk of contracting cervical cancer in the future and I am sure you will agree worth a little bit of discomfort to keep you safe.

If you have any concerns about this vaccination then have a chat to your parents or school nurse and they will try to alleviate any of your concerns; because generally the more we know about something the less frightened we are of it.

So you see the HPV injection is no different from the ones you had when you were a baby and are there to keep you safe and free from life threatening illnesses.


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Why not in year seven or even when you arejust born?


I REALLY HATE NEEDLES please help I’m worried I’m going to cry as I hate needles


do you have to have it ?


Im scared as I am having mine in term 2/3. Does it hurt? Do you notice any side effects? Xx


I had mine today. For me it hurt but diddnt sting. It really was fine though. Nothing to worry about. I was really scared before hand but It was fine.


Im having my jab in January and this article really helped. I'm still a bit nervous though!! Xx <3

Sixth Former - Rachel

Hey! Girls! Please don't worry! I'm currently a Sixth Former (17) and I had my HPV injection in Year 8, and I must admit it can be a little uncomfortable and a little sore, but please don't let this affect you not wanting to have it! A little pain for a while, can save your life! - Just remember it! :)


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