The HPV vaccine has been provided to girls in the UK for many years now, but boys are still not being routinely vaccinated against a virus that can affect them too. While the HPV vaccine is more important to girls because of the higher risk of cervical cancer, protecting boys against HPV can help to prevent some rarer forms of cancer.
Why Boys Need the HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine protects against the most common strains of the human papilloma virus. As well as cervical cancer, these viruses are also responsible for genital warts and some cases of oral, penile and anal cancer.
Since the HPV vaccine can protect boys as well as girls, there have been calls to offer it to everyone as part of the routine childhood vaccination program. In some countries, boys are already receiving the HPV vaccine at the same time as girls. However, until the NHS guidelines change, the best way to ensure your son is protected is to arrange private vaccinations through a gynaecology or paediatrics service.
Getting the HPV Vaccine
Anyone can have the HPV vaccine, although it will provide the best protection when it is given to younger people who are not yet sexually active. This is why it is usually recommended for girls between the ages of 12 and 13. You can arrange vaccinations through our private paediatrics service for your son at the same age, or whenever it is convenient.
The Womens’ Wellness Centre is the ideal place to get an HPV vaccine for your son. As specialists in women’s health, we have plenty of experience giving this important vaccination to girls. However, we also have a paediatrics service, so your son won’t have to feel embarrassed about getting a vaccination “for girls”. It’ll be just like getting any other childhood vaccination at our clinic.