October 27, 2007
All Girls in England to Receive HPV Vaccine
The British government has decided that all girls in England aged 12 to 13 will receive the HPV vaccine starting in fall 2008.
In fall 2009, girls 16 to 18 will be vaccinated and in fall 2010 girls 15 to 17 will be vaccinated.
The shots will be given in schools but will not be mandatory.
The government says they will only choose one HPV vaccine, either Merck's Gardasil or GlaxoSmithKlin's Cervarix. The two companies will have to compete for the contract.
While many people applaud the mass vaccination plan, others are concerned about things like potential side effects and longterm effectiveness of the vaccine.