Monday, Sept 1, 2008
Scottish schoolgirls are to become the first in the UK to be vaccinated against cervical cancer.
Schools in the Lanarkshire, Tayside, Grampian and Western Isles NHS areas are to begin vaccinating 12 and 13-year-old girls from this week.
Pupils in other areas of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow in the coming weeks.
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All girls aged between 12 and 17 should have been offered the vaccine by August next year.
The immunisation programme is to get under way in Scotland before other parts of the UK because its school term has already started.
The Cervarix vaccine works by targeting HPV, the virus which causes cervical cancer. Its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, said it should prevent 70% of cases – saving about 70 lives a year in Scotland.
There was some controversy over the decision to select Cervarix over another vaccine, Gardasil.
This article was posted: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm