More teenagers in Cambridgeshire are receiving the cervical cancer vaccine than in the rest of East Anglia, according to new Government statistics.
The latest figures from Public Health England show that 94% of eligible teenagers receive the full three doses of the vaccine in the county, compared with a regional average of 86.9% and a national average of 86.1%.
The vaccine protects against the two types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which are responsible for more than 70% of cervical cancers in the UK and two other strains responsible for genital warts. In Cambridgeshire the vaccines are administered by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s School Vaccination Team.
The team’s success has now led to them being given responsibility to deliver a catch up programme for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the meningitis C vaccine to secondary school children in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from January 2014.
Nicky Srahan, Nurse Co-ordinator in the Schools Vaccination Team, said: “We’re very pleased with these figures and the team works incredibly hard to ensure everyone eligible for the vaccine receives it.
“We don’t just provide vaccination in schools, we will go out to visit teenagers who are home educated, part of the travelling community, at special schools or attend other educational establishments.”
The HPV vaccination programme offers the vaccine to all girls in Year 8 at school and offers 80% protection against HPV infection.
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