HPV vaccine

All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. It's usually given to girls in year eight at schools in England.

According to Cancer Research UK, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under the age of 35. In the UK, 2,900 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer, that's around eight women every day.

Around 970 women died from cervical cancer in 2011 in the UK. It's estimated that about 400 lives could be saved every year in the UK as a result of vaccinating girls before they are infected with HPV.

The HPV vaccine is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of two injections into the upper arm spaced at least six, and not more than 24 months apart (girls who began vaccination before September 2014 receive three injections).

What is HPV?

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses.

Different types of HPV are classed as either high risk or low risk, depending on the conditions they can cause. For instance, some types of HPV can cause warts or verrucas. Other types are associated with cervical cancer.

In 99% of cases, cervical cancer occurs as a result of a history of infection with high-risk types of HPV. Often, infection with the HPV causes no symptoms. 

Read more about HPV.

Different types of HPV and what they do

There are over 100 different types of HPV, with around 40 types that affect the genital area.

Infection with some high-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth as well as other cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.

Infection with other types of HPV may cause:

For more information see Why is the HPV vaccine needed?

How the HPV vaccine helps

A vaccine called Gardasil is used in the national NHS cervical cancer vaccination programme. Gardasil protects against the two types of HPV, between them responsible for more than 70% of cervical cancers in the UK.

A bonus of using Gardasil to prevent cervical cancer is that it prevents genital warts too.

Which girls should have the HPV vaccination?

The HPV vaccine is part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme and is routinely offered to secondary school girls aged 12 and 13.

It's a safe vaccine and there are very few girls who aren't suitable for HPV vaccination. However, special precautions may need to be taken for girls with certain health conditions, or who have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Read more about who should have the HPV vaccine.

Why is the HPV vaccine given at such a young age?

The HPV virus is very common and is easily spread by sexual activity.

As much as half the population will be infected at some time in their life. In most cases, the virus doesn't do any harm because your immune system gets rid of the infection. But in some cases, the infection persists and can lead to health problems.

Although most girls don't start having sex until after they're 16 years of age, it's important that they are protected against HPV infection early enough and a good time is in the early teenage years. Getting the vaccine as early as possible will protect them in the future.

Read more about how to prevent HPV infection.

How is the HPV vaccine given?

The HPV vaccine is currently given as a series of two injections within a six- to 24-month period.

Girls who began their course of HPV vaccination before September 2014 receive three injections.

Learn more about how the HPV vaccine is given.

How long does the HPV vaccine protect for?

Studies have already shown that the vaccine protects against HPV infection for around 10 years, although experts expect protection to be for much longer.

Can girls who missed HPV vaccination still have it?

Yes, if a girl misses either of her HPV vaccinations, for whatever reason, speak to her nurse or doctor about making another appointment, ideally as close as possible to the original one.

Girls can have the HPV vaccination on the NHS up to age of 18.

Girls who have the HPV vaccination after the age of 15 will need three doses as the response to two doses is not so good in older girls.

Cervical screening and the HPV vaccine

Cervical screening is a way of picking up abnormal cells in the cervix before they progress to cancer. It's been shown that early detection and treatment of cervical abnormalities picked up by screening can prevent three-quarters of cervical cancers.

The NHS cervical screening programme involves checking women between the ages of 25 and 64 every three to five years for early cervical abnormalities.

Regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal cell changes in the cervix. So it's important that all girls who receive the HPV vaccine also have regular cervical screening once they reach the age of 25.

Now, read why it's so important for 12-13 year-old girls to receive the HPV vaccination and find out more about the safety of the HPV vaccine.

There is general information about the HPV vaccine in this NHS leaflet.

Read more about how to prevent HPV infection.

Read more about how to test for HPV infection.

Find out how HPV infection is treated.

Page last reviewed: 24/09/2014

Next review due: 24/09/2016


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C Ryalls said on 14 October 2015

"Research has indicated that the HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer for at least 20 years."

Could NHS choices please share with us a link to the research that indicates the HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer for at least 20 years. I wasn't aware of any research that has confirmed this.

A lot of parents who visit these pages do so because they are researching whether to consent to the HPV vaccination and as such they should be given properly referenced sources for all claims made, instead of being expected to blindly trust what the NHS says.

Unfortunately, I blindly trusted the leaftet that was given to my 13 year old daughter 5 years ago - it claimed the side effects of the vaccine were mild and short lasting. My daughter became very ill after her HPV vaccination, hasn't been well enough for full-time education for the last 5 years and is still suffering from a chronic neurological condition - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which is currently the focus of the European Medicines Agency safety review, initiated by Denmark who have seen an increasing number of teen girls with this condition following HPV vaccination.

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Joanna Read said on 01 October 2015

My friend's daughter started having brain seizures after the HPV Gardasi,l vaccine as did another young girl in our village.

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deddington50 said on 04 September 2015

For parents who have just received the NHS leaflets offering the hpv vaccination through schools, please be aware that in July 2015 the European Medical Agency launched a safety review of the vaccine in relation to particular possible side effects after a safety signal was raised by the Danish health authorities. See further details here and a BBC report when the safety review was announced

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annara said on 08 August 2015

It would be useful if this site could devote a little space to keeping young homosexual men/boys safe and include advice for them on accessing this vaccine, which is supposed to be being rolled out them on the NHS. The lack of readily available information targeting this vulnerable group is shocking in 2015. This ommision is service wide, from this website to GP Practices and GUM Clinics.

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Curleypussycat said on 30 May 2015

I want to know when is the UK government going to also include boys into this equation as they have done in Australia (the 1st country to do so) and soon to follow USA !
Having researched this subject, Boys are just as susceptible as girls in getting the HPV virus. A virus also associated with increases in penial, and in throat cancers. It will also act as a double protection for girls/women if boys too also got this protection.

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Holsbx said on 17 May 2015

I had to fight for this vaccination. When it first came out my friends who attended sixth form all for the vaccination however I went to college so was told I didn't qualify. Having fought with doctors I was finally given the three injections at the age of 17 however this was then too late. I was diagnosed with hpv and pre cancerous cells at 21. Having gone through a colposcopy and lazer removal of the cells and cervix wall I now have to have regular smear tests every six months. Personally I feel the smear age should be dropped to 20 so girls like myself can be caught early, the only reason this was all picked up was because I repeatedly went to the doctor was heavy bleeding and bleeding after sex otherwise it wouldn't of been picked up until a smear at 25!!!! So make sure if anyone has young daughters they get this early vacinnation enough!

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Sazzle30Essex said on 16 January 2015

I just need to.put this out there

Cervical screenings are offered to you by letter from the age of 25 onwards please know that this is just a guideline and make sure you are sensible enough not to wait until your 25 this is far to late, my daughter will be getting hers from the age of 18. My sister had her first smear at 25 last year and already nearly had full blown cervical.cancer she had to.have the cells layered off and had massive complications after and almost died. If she had gone to her smear at a later date she wouldn't be here today, please don't wait until your 25

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lynsey1509 said on 26 November 2014

Does anybody know how much is it to have the Cervical Cancer jab for adults?

I'm 24 and never had these done. I've just recently found out my mother had Stage 3 cervical cancer and I cannot have a smear test until I'm 25 because of it 'doing more harm than good'.

Hopefully someone knows how much it would be and actually if it is offered to women of this age.



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SHCumbria said on 11 November 2014

vickilouise - have you and your friends raised Yellow Card reports? You can do it yourself online. It is quite simple and doesn't take long.

Also you should research your side effects - many girls, particularly in the USA and Australia are already diagnosed with POI (premature ovarian insufficiency) following HPV vaccination.

Many girls are being pushed to psychiatrists with mental health issues but they are caused by the vaccine. With respect to your other symptoms, request your GP for an assessment for POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Many girls are now being diagnosed for this.

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vickilouise said on 05 November 2014

I had the HPV vaccination back in 2008 when the vaccination very first came out. I was told by nurses at my college that it was better to have the vaccination just so I was protected. I have the first injection & was fine. When it came to the second & third I became very ill. After the second vaccination I was sick & had flu like symptoms for about a month I went to my GP who told me that I had caught something & that it had nothing to do with the injection. Taking his word for it I had the third injection 3 months later. Within minutes of having the injection I had passed out & had been sick. I was taken to hospital where I was told that I had fainted due to lack of food & how low my body weight was. I was seven & a half stone at the time but I had been like that since a young age & had never had this issue before when having a injection.
I was a very healthy child & teenage but 6 years on have had nothing but problems with my health. Since the injection I have been diagnosed with a mental health issues, lose/irregular periods, heart issues & worse of all i now have polycystic ovaries. Which means I have cysts on my ovaries that may cause me not to have children. I also have another 4 friends that all had the injection with me that also have all or some of the health problems. The one we all share is the polycystic ovaries. Please be careful with this injection I have read many girls having the same issues as me & if I had known this before the injections I would of never have had them.

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User85087 said on 04 November 2014

All vey well saying read up on it - we got the leaflet and consent form Thursday, to be returned Friday for injection on Tuesday.

Our daughter had bad reactions to MMR (fever, flu-like, fitting) so I ticked "has had adverse reactions to vaccinations"

A message was left on home phone on the Monday but we work so it was too late to call back and no-one answered on the Tuesday - we had given all our usual contact numbers but they only tried the one.

End result = no vaccination as they weren't sure

Where can I go for more advice as I am now even more concerned about possible reactions given her history?

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SHCumbria said on 27 October 2014

Dear Kathryn,
Our daughter did have Cervarix but the serious adverse reactions to Cervarix and Gardasil are very similar.
I am aware that the MHRA report that there has been only 1 per 1000 suspected adverse drug reactions. However, if you read the reports the MHRA sends to the JCVI (FOIA request available at ) you find that adverse reaction rates for all other vaccines are reported per 100,000. The MHRA also accepts that only 10% of serious adverse reactions are reported: see
From the information obtained from the MHRA the number of SERIOUS adverse reactions to HPV vaccine is 92 per 100,000 recipients and therefore the actual number of expected SERIOUS adverse reactions would be 920 per 100,000.
With respect to the DoH insistence that these adverse events are a coincidence and ‘it is inevitable some will develop a natural illness shortly afterwards’ I point out that my wife was called to collect my daughter from school within 2 hours of being immunised. Initially our daughter suffered with flu-like symptoms, tiredness and feeling cold. It was only afterwards that we recalled that she had similar but less severe symptoms after the first 2 doses. We are in touch with many families whose own daughters symptoms started in a similar way.
P.S. I thank you for providing the link ‘Gardasil’ to the Medicine Guide which previously was very difficult to locate. I strongly recommend that all girls and parents read the contents and in particular:
- (this vaccine) is not suitable for everyone and some people should not use it.
- it is important that the person giving you this vaccine knows if you have any medical history.
- Your prescriber may not prescribe it at all if you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients.

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 22 October 2014

Dear SHCumbria,

Your daughter probably received Cervarix rather than Gardasil (which was only introduced into the routine vaccination programme just over 2 years ago).

The MHRA, the government watchdog on medicines, has looked closely at the safety of HPV vaccine since its introduction in 2008. It's assessment of Cervarix after four years of use and 6 million doses given (link below) shows there have been 1 per 1000 suspected adverse drug reactions to Cervarix which is “an expected reporting rate for a newly marketed vaccine with high exposure”.

A two year review by the Committee on Human Medicines (link below) into Cervarix found that “for the cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, facial palsy, Guillain Barré Syndrome and encephalitis that were reported, the available evidence did not suggest that the vaccine had caused these conditions, but that they may have been coincidental events”.

The reduction in cervical cancer over the last four decades is no doubt the result of the successful NHS cervical screening programme. However, as the cause of cervical cancer is HPV the historic reduction in cases through cervical screening cannot be used to predict the complete eradication of this condition.

The advice of the MHRA is that there is insufficient evidence to indicate theHPV vaccine may be a cause of chronic illnesses including chronic fatigue syndrome. This has been published in the medical literature. With such a high proportion of teenage girls vaccinated, it is inevitable some will develop a natural illness shortly afterwards. This in itself does not mean the vaccine was the cause.

Hope this helps,
Kathryn Bingham, Editor at NHS Choices

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White tulip said on 10 October 2014

Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum & a bit unsure how it all works!

I'm a mother of four children & I can honestly say I find one of the hardest parts about being a parent is the constant worry of vaccinations. We opted years ago not to vaccinate our children & I constantly find I'm beating myself up over it Questioning our decisions etc... I have decided our children are now at an age where I feel more comfortable with them having their MMRs 15. 13, 11 & 9.

Today I have made the decision that our thirteen year old daughter should not receive the HPV vaccination at school. For many reasons I'm so concerned about the initial & long term side effects of this vaccination & just not not sure if enough research has been carried out into the contents of the vac. I'm also concerned about the dosage change. Ie. two dose instead of 3, why is this, does it mean our daughters are being given bigger doses!

I have explained to our daughter that this vaccination protects against a type of cancer which is contracted through sexual activity & she has accepted our decision. However this has been made harder by the fact that friends have said to her that she's going to get cancer if she doesn't have it as the majority of girls are! Which makes me wonder if some parents do actually sit down and discuss the information with their daughters.

My husband generally let's me make the decisions over these issues but I sometimes feel a lack of support there which again makes me question myself!

Why do I always feel the odd ball over this in the playground amongst family/friends. I'm only trying to do what I believe is right by being informed of all the pros & cons.

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SHCumbria said on 08 October 2014

Our daughter had a serious adverse reaction to the MMR. When the HPV vaccine was offered we opted not to consent. However, the school nurse assured us that this vaccine is safe. Within minutes of being vaccinated she felt unwell and had to be collected from school. Each day she felt more poorly, flu-like, feeling cold, abdominal pains, severe headaches and very, very tired. Each day it got worse. The doctor was sure it was glandular fever but all tests were negative. She couldn’t walk and was sleeping up to 23 hours every day. After 4 months she went into a coma-like sleep and never opened her eyes or was able to speak for 13 weeks. Eventually she did wake but suffered constant pains and hyper somnolence. She has missed 3 years of school and still can’t walk and sleeps 18 – 22 hours every day. Doctors deny that it is caused by the vaccine but have no explanation. They have tried twice to blame us of Munchausen’s.
We researched and found thousands of other girls were suffering with similar symptoms. I obtained through FOI that the number of UK Yellow Card reports of serious adverse events (SAE) were approx. 100 times more than for other vaccines. The MHRA accept that typically only 10% of SAE are reported. SAEs for HPV vaccine, including 4 deaths, are approx. 92 per 100,000 recipients so actual SAE are expected to be 920 per 100,000. This vaccine is considered ‘safe and effective’. But so was Pandemrix flu vaccine until 900 cases of narcolepsy were reported in Scandinavia. A little further back and Pluserix MMR vaccine containing the Urabe mumps strain was withdrawn after causing meningitis. Lymerix was also considered ‘safe& effective’ but withdrawn when it caused irreversible autoimmune diseases.
Cancer Research UK report that cervical cancer deaths have reduced from 8 per 100,000 to 2 per 100,000 over the last 40 years. At this rate there should be no deaths within 10 years without this vaccine.

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Juliej49 said on 04 October 2014

My daughter had the three vaccines in 2008-2009. A few weeks after having the third vaccine she had her first full blown seizure. She spent 8 weeks in hospital and she was diagnosed with Anti NMDA receptor encephalitis. She was also diagnosed with epilepsy. She came home for 6 weeks and was then admitted to a brain injury rehabilitation unit where she stayed for 12 weeks. Her epileptic seizures stopped so her medication was withdrawn.Her recovery was slow and she completed her first year at uni in May this year. A few weeks later she was re admitted to hospital with partial seizures which developed into full blown seizures. The consultants are still not sure whether the encephalitis had returned. She has suffered brain damage but whether this is reversible we just don't know. Parents please do your research before you let your child have this vaccine. My daughter may never make a full recovery.

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Lcprice said on 03 October 2014

Nearly 3 years ago to date, my daughter fell ill exactly 3 weeks after having her one and only dose of the HPV vaccine.
She has now been diagnosed with:- CFS / ME, Raynaud's syndrome, hyper mobility syndrome, POTS, and fibromyalgia.
Do I regret her ever having this vaccine? Every day.

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deddington50 said on 29 September 2014

Dear Kathyrn

Thanks for your response. I submitted a yellow card in early 2013 and I keep it updated. In terms of the reliability of the WHO, please see this recent study entitled "Efficacy of HPV vaccines:a review of the evidence used by the WHO" and published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health which concluded:
"Conclusion WHO’s recommendation to include routine HPV vaccination in national immunisation programmes is based on weak evidence namely surrogate outcome measures, which are very likely to regress spontaneously. Data on long-term efficacy are lacking."

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Teenagehealthfreak said on 23 September 2014

Hello guys, I posted a comment down below about my arm having short sharp shooting pains right where I had the jab. Strangely, I have recently received my teenage boosters (Men C and tetanus, diphtheria and polio) and the pain has now vanished. I never get it any more.

I have read all your comment about it causing disability and death in rare cases, and I sympathise with you.

For any mums who want to tell their teenagers about it, tell them to just relax your arm, look away and count to five, then it's all done. The more you cry and get upset and put it off, the more it will hurt. Get yourself in there first and just do it.

Good luck,

Teenagehealthfreak xx

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annoyedmum said on 23 September 2014

Crazymaddy - I'm with you on this. The figure I have found quoted is 'up to 5 years'. My daughter is being offered this vaccine. She is 12. If she is sexually active before the vaccine ceases to be effective then frankly I've got bigger worries than the tiny chance of her possibly getting that particular type of cervical cancer in 20 years' time. The school also told me that GP surgeries will refuse to give the vaccine because the nurses who go to the schools are commissioned to do it. Basically they are trying to bully us into our daughters having a vaccine where nobody knows the long term effects. I am old enough to remember the government assuring people that the whooping cough vaccine was totally safe and no children had been damaged by it, then a few years later paying compensation to families whose children HAD been irreversibly damaged by the vaccine.

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Crazymaddy said on 11 September 2014

I can't seem to find a concrete answer as to how long gardasil offers protection for - and believe me, I have spent hours and hours researching gardasil for my daughters sakes. Everything is extremely vague, from "several years" to "not sure how long" and some websites say 6 years. So, the possibility of irreversible damage to our daughters that nobody will acknowledge exists all for a few years protection, which may run out before our daughters are sexually active.

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Giuditta said on 10 September 2014

This is not my personal view:

Dr. Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Gardasil manufacturer Merck, was interviewed in the April 2014
these are his words regarding this vaccine:
"I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers."

You can read the article at:

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CatsDogsHedgehogs said on 30 August 2014

I had the HPV vaccine about a year ago. About a month after the first injection, a raised skin-coloured lump appeared on the same arm I had the jab on. My GP said it was a wart. But around two weeks ago, the 'wart' turned dark green and black on top of the initial pink underneath. Then last week, the top just turned black and sprouted little white hairs. It also bleeds when it gets cold.

I only grew suspicious when I looked up different types of skin infections, cancers etc. when I noticed that some skin cancers are caused by the HPV virus. As far as I'm aware, vaccines contain a small amount of a disease so the body can fight it off later on in life if one was ever to get the disease. That's why I want to know- Is my 'wart' a side effect of my HPV vaccination?

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Giuditta said on 22 August 2014

I want to add that the comment below is not my personal view, neither is this peer review published in a medical journal ( which states:

"We carried out a systematic review of HPV vaccine pre- and post-licensure trials to assess the evidence of their effectiveness and safety. We find that HPV vaccine clinical trials design, and data interpretation of both efficacy and safety outcomes, were largely inadequate. Additionally, we note evidence of selective reporting of results from clinical trials (i.e., exclusion of vaccine efficacy figures related to study subgroups in which efficacy might be lower or even negative from peer-reviewed publications). Given this, the widespread optimism regarding HPV vaccines long-term benefits appears to rest on a number of unproven assumptions (or such which are at odd with factual evidence) and significant misinterpretation of available data. For example, the claim that HPV vaccination will result in approximately 70% reduction of cervical cancers is made despite the fact that the clinical trials data have not demonstrated to date that the vaccines have actually prevented a single case of cervical cancer (let alone cervical cancer death), nor that the current overly optimistic surrogate marker-based extrapolations are justified. Likewise, the notion that HPV vaccines have an impressive safety profile is only supported by highly flawed design of safety trials and is contrary to accumulating evidence from vaccine safety surveillance databases and case reports which continue to link HPV vaccination to serious adverse outcomes (including death and permanent disabilities). We thus conclude that further reduction of cervical cancers might be best achieved by optimizing cervical screening (which carries no such risks) and targeting other factors of the disease rather than by the reliance on vaccines with questionable efficacy and safety profiles."

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 18 July 2014

Dear deddington50

Sorry to hear your daughter became unwell after receiving the HPV vaccination. To help establish whether her ME is vaccination-related or not, do consider reporting it through the yellow card system. You can find out how to do that in this article:
The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) regularly review the emerging international evidence on the safety of HPV vaccination and issued a statement in March 2014 showing no proven link with autoimmune disease (of which many believe ME is an example). Read the report here:
Best wishes,
Kathryn Bingham, NHS Choices editor

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deddington50 said on 07 July 2014

In response to Deegm42, my daughter also suffered from a mild bout of post-viral fatigue when she was 9 years old which lasted 6-12 months and from which she appeared to be recovered. We were told that this vaccine was safe and that post-viral fatigue was not a contraindication to receiving this vaccination. In 2010 my daughter received the first two jabs and after both had more severe side effects than she had ever had from any vaccination before and subsequently became ill within a matter of weeks with ME and has been ill for the last three and half years. After trying to attend school part time she has not been able to attend since June 2013. The illness this time has been much more severe (e.g.muscle spasm, chest pains and seizure-like episodes and at times completely bedbound) and we have had to call an ambulance twice.

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Deegm42 said on 17 June 2014

M daughter was diagnosed with ME when she was 9, she's now 14 and in remission, she also has asthma and chronic pain, she wasn't well enough at the time to have the HPV vaccination.

My concerns are should she have it would it set her back, she isn't in full time school so we're trying to avoid anything that would create more days off.

Really am in halves over this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 02 April 2014

Dear JuneBuxton123,

I’m sorry to hear of your experience with HPV vaccination.
It sounds like you weren’t told much about the vaccine beforehand and this can lead to worry and confusion later.

You’re right that girls and their parents should find out as much as possible about the HPV vaccination before they have it. All girls are supposed to receive a leaflet about HPV vaccination from their school or GP. This is an example of the type of leaflet:

It’s also a good idea to read about the vaccine on websites like this.

Try not to worry that you now have HPV infection. The vaccine can’t prevent all cases of HPV (only about four in five of them) but HPV doesn’t automatically progress to cervical cancer and, even when it does, it can take up to 20 years to do so.

Make sure you look after yourself by attending cervical screening when you become eligible for the programme.

I’ll also be extending our content to include information on what happens for those who develop HPV after vaccination.

Thanks and best wishes,
Kathryn, NHS Choices editor

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JuneBuxton123 said on 24 March 2014

I had the HPV vaccination when i was in year 8. i had a course of 3 needles which were easy and painless and we were more or less told this would prevent us ever getting HPV. i didnt know what the vaccination was for at the time i was told it was for cervical cancer, only later was i told that it was in fact a HPV vaccination and i hadnt even heard of it so i didnt ask questions. that was 4 years ago or so. last week i noticed problems down below and with me being sexually active i went straight to my sexual health clinic and was told i had HPV. that was 2 days ago, i got told all about HPV but they spared to tell me anything to do with cancer, through my own research i found tons of evidence that HPV can in fact lead to cervical cancer, oral cancer, head cancer and neck cancer and im sure various other ones but cant think from the top of my head. i am 17 and was not offered a cervical screening due to my age (which i find absolutely disgusting) i checked the symptoms and i have around 7 symptoms so would consider all of this a massive shock. i am going through treatment over the next 4 month which is very painful, degrading and uncomfortable. i didnt know anything about this virous, what my vaccinations were for or what this virus could lead on to. i am going to my GP to ask advice on cervical cancer as i am at moderate risk. Teach these girls what youre putting into their bodies, let them know exactly what it is for and dont pretend this will 100% prevent it. these girls need to be prepared for things like this and i had no knowledge of it what so ever. No this vaccination does not prevent HPV and yes you can get cervical cancer but i and many other girls were never told this. remember the young girls who are getting the vaccinations are 12-13 mostly, they wont know anything about it. girls be careful with yourselfs, please dont make the mistakes i made...and mothers keep your girls safe and make sure they know all about HPV and cervical cancer. x

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 24 March 2014

Dear Teenagehealthfreak,

Please see your GP for a review. Your symptoms may or may not be related to your immunisations. It's important for your GP to assess them further.

Kathryn, NHS Choices editor

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Teenagehealthfreak said on 24 February 2014

I am in year 9 at school now but did have the HPV jab. The first one was quite painful but the other two weren't nearly as bad. However, I have read up on the side effects and my symptom doesn't seem to be on there.

In 2 months time, I will have had my third jab exactly a year ago, and though the pain from raising my arm, the stinging and the bleeding have gone, sometimes I still get an achy pain in the spot where I had two of the jabs. It's kind of short and sharp and it only lasts a second, but is quite painful. The side effects are only supposed to last a week but a year later my arm is still very tender and achy. Can someone help me and tell me what's going on as I don't think this is normal.

I also can't scratch my arm where the jab is as it aches for ages afterwards and is extremely painful. Is this normal, and if not can somebody explain my symptoms?

Teenagehealthfreak xx

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Mrs Halliday said on 14 May 2013

I requested this information from Cancer Research and their response is below:

1. Please supply figures for the number of females who were diagnosed with Cervical Cancer, in the UK, which was attributed to the HPV strains 16 and 18 between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2012.

2. Please supply figures for the number of females who were diagnosed with Cervical Cancer, in the UK, which was attributed to the HPV strains 16 and 18 between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 and who
subsequently died from those strains.


“Unfortunately there are no routinely available sources of information on the HPV status of cervical cancer cases in the UK, although this should be available in future.

Therefore the information you requested does not exist for the period you are interested in, as applied to the whole UK population.

However, various research studies have been conducted, which point to around 70% of cervical cancer cases being caused by HPV 16 or 18. "

Statistical Information Team
Cancer Research UK

I would point out that the last paragraph does not state if this applies to the UK as a whole, world wide, or third world countries. Nor does it state the ages.

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Steve CA7 said on 17 February 2013

Recent press coverage of the HPV vaccine
(above article). This article refers to my daughter. Although the Paediatric Consultant first thought that she had extreme/severe CFS/ME she never made a confirmed diagnosis. Also I am not aware of a single CFS/ME patient that remained in a constant coma-like sleep for 13 weeks. The MHRA has not kept this case under close review as far as we are aware. One Paediatric Consultants has committed in writing the following statement: “IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE IT WILL TURN OUT TO BE A REACTION TO THE HPV VACCINE”. Our GP following a conversation with another Paediatric Consultant has recorded “SHE THINKS IT HAS NOT BEEN ME BUT A REACTION TO THE INJECTION”.
The Department of Health and NHS insist it is totally coincidental with the HPV vaccine even though the cause of the illness is a total mystery and despite the fact that my wife was called to collect our daughter from school immediately after the vaccine was given because she was unwell. There is a complete medical history of deterioration from that morning.

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