Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The 2012/13 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 11 to 13 years of age. The vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that can cause 75% 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 


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.

2014 CMO Letter for HPV

2014 Chief Medical Officer letter (external link) about the human papillomavirus immunisation September 2014 onwards.

NHS inform

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 09 September 2014

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