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Scotland starts HPV vaccination programme

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 02 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1543
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Scotland was the first of the four UK countries to start a programme of vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) this week, when its campaign got under way on 1 September, at the start of the new school year.

    Five of the 14 health boards started immunising girls aged 12 to 13 years, against the virus that causes cervical cancer, in schools in Lanarkshire, Grampian, Tayside, Orkney, and Western Isles, with the remaining health boards expected to follow suit over the next fortnight.

    The programme requires three injections of vaccine to be given over a period of …

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