Sir Roger Gale
Member of Parliament for North Thanet (Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages)
HPV Vaccine for Boys – Campaign success
July 18th 2018
North Thanet`s MP Sir Roger Gale has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that the JCVI (Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation) has approved the application of HPV vaccine for boys.
“This follows a highly successful campaign backed by consultant oncologist Chris Nuttall, Peter Baker, the Campaign Director of HPV Action and others “ says Sir Roger “and it means that boys will now have the opportunity to receive free of charge the vaccine that has been available to girls for some time.”
The MP, who very recently instigated a parliamentary debate on the issue, adds:
“Until now there has been an assumption that vaccinating girls would eliminate the risk of boys acquiring the sexually transmitted HP virus but of course not all girls are vaccinated, people travel and engage in sexual activity while abroad and with other men. In time this decision should come close to protecting men from developing, in later life, cancers of the throat and others caused by a virus that may have lain dormant for many years.
I have now tabled a parliamentary question due for written answer before the recess asking when the rollout of the vaccination programme will commence. I would like to think that this might be at the start of the new school year in September”.