Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The 2010 Scottish uptake rates for the HPV vaccine (external website) are now available.

In Scotland, all girls in their second year of secondary school (S2) are routinely invited to receive the HPV vaccine at 12 to 13 years of age. The vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that can cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. It does not protect against all other types, so regular cervical screening is important.

HPV is very common and you catch it through intimate sexual contact with another person who already has it. Because it is so common, most people will get infected at some point in their lifetime. In most women the virus does not cause cervical cancer, but having the vaccine is important because we do not know who is at risk.

For more information, go to www.immunisationscotland.org.uk

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The Gardasil Patient Information Leaflet (external website) is contained in the box with the vaccine and should be given to girls when they receive their vaccine.

CMO Letters for HPV

2011 Chief Medical Officer letter (external link) about the human papillomavirus immunisation September 2011 onwards.

The Chief Medical Officer letter July 2010 (external link) provides an update for health professionals involved in delivering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine on arrangements for the third year of the national immunisation programme

The Chief Medical Officer Letter August 2009 (external link) provides an update to for NHS professionals involved in delivering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine on arrangements for the second year of the national immunisation programme

The Chief Medical Officer Letter June 2008 (external link) provides guidance for NHS professionals involved in immunising girls being offered the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, on the implementation of the national HPV immunisation programme.

The Chief Executive´s Letter June 2008 (external link) provides NHS Board Chief Executives and all of those responsible for the human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme at local level with further guidance on implementation.

The Scottish Government Letter to Directors of Education, 3 June 2008 (external link) provides information for education professionals and a timetable of next steps.

The Scottish Government Letter February 2008 (external link) provides information on the implementation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and and update on the catch-up campaign.

The Scottish Government Letter November 2007 (external link) provides NHS Board Chief Executives with information about the implementation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme.

The announcement on 26 October 2007 by the Scottish Government of the catch-up campaign (external link) followed their initial announcement (external link) on 20 June 2007 after recommendations made by the JCVI (external link).

NHS inform Helpline

For advice and information about HPV and cervical cancer, call:

0800 22 44 88

Textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88

Mon-Sun 8am-10pm.

Updated 28 July 2014