The HPV vaccine is now offered to boys as well as girls to protect all young people from being infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It also lowers the risk of developing some cancers later in life, such as:

  • cervical cancer
  • some mouth and throat cancers
  • some cancers of the bottom and genital areas.

The HPV vaccine does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections.

The HPV vaccine consists of two injections into your child’s upper arm spaced at least six, and not more than 24 months apart. We currently use Gardasil which protects against four strains of the virus.

How does my child get this vaccination?

When your child reaches eligible age (currently the first HPV injection is given in Year 8 and the second in Year 9) you will be sent an email via your school to complete an online consent form. Please complete this consent form as soon as possible so that your child is able to receive their vaccination at the arranged school session.

If your child is not educated in a school setting, please contact Somerset SAINT on 0300 323 0032, to book into one of our community sessions. If you have not received an email with a link to the consent form then please contact Somerset SAINT to request one.

Only one consent form is used for both injections in year 8 and year 9.

On the day

We ask that on the day of vaccination your child wears short sleeves that allow easy access to their upper arms, or wears a vest or t-shirt under their school shirt. Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing for young people to have to remove clothing to be vaccinated.  We also need them to eat breakfast and be well hydrated before they are vaccinated.

Once your child has been vaccinated, we send that information to Child Health in Somerset. The information is then passed to your child’s GP.

Can we help?

If you have any concerns about this vaccination, for example if you are worried because your child is needle phobic, has additional needs,  or you want to ask any questions please do contact us on 0300 323 0032 and we can arrange for you to speak to one of our immunisation nurses.

For more information

View the HPV vaccination leaflet