Is there a vaccination against HPV?

Yes. Since autumn 2008 a national vaccination programme of human papilloma virus (HPV) has been in place for girls aged 12 and 13.
 
The HPV vaccination programme is being delivered mainly through secondary schools. Three injections of the vaccine are given within a 12-month period by a nurse. Read more about how the HPV vaccine is given.
 
HPV vaccination does not replace the need for regular cervical smear tests in women who are between 25 and 65.

HPV vaccination may also be available at private health and medical clinics, where a fee will be charged.

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Page last reviewed: 15/12/2013

Next review due: 14/12/2015