Women urged not to miss out on jabs

WOMEN aged 14-22 that think they may have missed the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) can still contact their GP this summer to ensure they receive the injection.

The HPV vaccine protects against the two types of human papilloma virus (HPV) that cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

To get the best protection, women are given a course of three injections. Janine Rayfield, Nurse Consultant in Public Protection for NHS Lincolnshire said: “It is important that females between the ages of 14-22 who think they may not have had all three HPV injections to contact their GP surgery. Many females in this age range will be taking a summer break from school, college or university so it’s a good opportunity to get the vaccine.

“Girls can contact their GP practice to arrange to complete their course of three injections, which will give them the best possible protection against cervical cancer causing viruses. Doses may have been missed for a variety of reasons but what is important is that it is not too late.

“We are working closely with GP surgeries as part of a catch up programme to ensure that females who have not completed the course can still get vaccinated. If you’re not entirely sure we would urge you to get in contact with your GP practice to discuss.

“Because the vaccine does not protect against all of the other types of HPV, women will still need to have a smear test from 25 years of age. Your GP will invite you for the cervical screening that picks up early signs of changes in the cervix.”

More information about the catch up programme can be found at www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk.