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Expanding HPV vaccination to boys: what more needs to be done?

This school year is the first time boys will be offered the HPV vaccination in the UK. However, unlike the existing programme for girls where the HPV vaccine is available for free until the age of 25, it will only be offered to boys aged 12 to 13. Representatives for HPV Action and Teenage Cancer Trust argue that this is insufficient to fully protect boys from the cancers caused by HPV infections and are calling for older boys to also be included in the UK’s immunisation programme.

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