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Boys between the age of 12 and 13 in Guernsey will be offered the HPV [human papillomavirus] vaccine for the first time.
The injection helps to protect against the viral infection which can be passed on during sex and is linked to cervical and vaginal cancers. It has been offered free of charge to girls in Guernsey since 2008.
The Health and Social Care Committee said it was now extending the vaccination programme to boys to offer them similar protection against HPV-related cancers, including some genital cancers, in later life.
The majority of throat, head and neck and anal cancers in both men and women are also linked to HPV.
It is hoped the immunisation programme will help reduce diagnoses of HPV-related cancers and save lives.
Boys aged 12-13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered a vaccine to protect them against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-related cancers. It is hoped the immunisation programme will help reduce diagnoses of HPV-related cancers and save lives. Women under 25 have had the opportunity to be vaccinated against the HPV virus since 2008. The programme has been successful, with the prevalence of the main HPV cancer-causing types 16 and 18 reduced by more than 80%.