Vaccine preventable diseases are an important part of Public Health and continue to be monitored.
Given that the HPV vaccination is generally delivered through the schools based programme and schools are currently closed, the school health teams are now redeployed to work elsewhere within the Department of Health & Social Care and the programme has therefore been temporarily suspended.
Eligible young people commencing the vaccination before the age of 15 years of age have two doses of vaccine, the second dose preferably 6 to 24 months after the first. The current situation remains under review along with school attendance; but please note that once a vaccination schedule has commenced there is no need to restart the vaccination programme. Once school attendance restarts, re-implementing the HPV school vaccination programme will be planned as part of this process.
For further information please contact the School Health team on 642630 or your GP/Practice Nurse.