Cambridgeshire

Girls' HPV vaccine numbers please NHS Cambridgeshire

NHS Cambridgeshire has said it is "very pleased" with the number of girls having the vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV).

In the past year more than 90% of girls aged between 12 and 13 have had the treatment, an NHS spokeswoman said.

The vaccine, which consists of three injections over a six-month period, is given in secondary schools and at community clinics.

HPV causes most types of cervical cancer.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Cambridgeshire said: "We are very pleased with the response to the HPV vaccination programme across the county.

"In the UK cervical cancer is the twelfth most common women's cancer."

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