HPV vaccine: the medical profession struggles to rise above the school gate

Medical professionals say yes but opposition has resulted in a dramatic fall in take-up

Take-up of the HPV vaccine has fallen from 86 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent last year. Photograph: iStock

Take-up of the HPV vaccine has fallen from 86 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent last year. Photograph: iStock

In secondary schools across the country, HPV vaccinations have been taking place for girls in first year.

What started out as a success story in 2010 – with more than 80 per cent take-up of the vaccine that protects girls from cervical cancer caused by human papilloma virus – has turned into a controversy that has seen those percentages plummet. In 2014, the rate of take up was 86 per cent. The following year it fell to 76 per cent. Last year, it was just 50 per cent.

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