The Teenage Cancer Trust wants the HPV vaccine programme to be extended to older boys and young men. Strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) are linked to the majority of cervical cancer cases as well as oral, throat and anal cancers. The BBC reports.
From this term, boys aged 12 and 13 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will be offered the vaccine in secondary schools, along with boys aged 11 and 12 in high schools in Scotland.
The TCT says it is unfair that older boys and men who want the jab would have to pay around £150 per dose privately to be vaccinated.
It says results from a survey of 2,000 people showed 76% of boys and young men would want the HPV vaccine if it was offered for free – but only one in three would be willing to pay.
Kate Collins, the TCT’s chief executive, said: “Parents of school-age boys may well find one child will get the HPV vaccine for free, whereas an older son will only be protected if they can afford to pay for it.”
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