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IrelandHPV vaccine to be extended to teenage boys after Hiqa recommendation

13:40  07 december  2018
13:40  07 december  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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THE HPV VACCINE is to be extended to boys next year, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Following a report by HIQA which recommends the vaccine be extended to boys , a public consultation to gather the views of various stakeholders was launched last month.

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THE health minister is set to extend the HPV vaccine to boys after the health watchdog Hiqa today recommended it be rolled out.

Simon Harris had previously indicated that he was in favour of giving teenage boys the vaccine, with the Government saying it will provide funding to starting giving the vaccine at the next academic year

Hiqa also recommends that both girls and boys get a new form of the vaccine which  protects against an additional five types of HPV.

The watchdog also said the vaccine is safe.

Hiqa’s Director of Health Technology Assessment and Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Máirín Ryan, said: "The burden of HPV-related disease is substantial, with HPV responsible for approximately 1 in every 20 cases of cancer across the world.

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The Health Information Quality Authority has recommended extending the HPV vaccine to teenage boys to protect them against the Human However, HIQA has been assessing whether that availability should be extended to include boys of the same age and stage at a cost of around €2m a

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"This assessment demonstrates that the HPV vaccine provides effective primary prevention against HPV infection and HPV-related disease, and that the vaccine is safe."

Girls in their first year of secondary school are currently offered the 4-valent vaccine, which protects against four types of HPV.

It advised that the National Immunisation Schedule switches from the 4-valent vaccine to the 9-valent vaccine, which protects against an additional five types of HPV, and that the vaccine is extended to boys of the same age.

Dr Ryan said :“Vaccinating girls with the 9-valent vaccine is estimated to be cost saving and more effective than the existing girls-only 4-valent programme.

"A gender-neutral 9-valent vaccination programme, where both boys and girls are vaccinated, is estimated to be more effective than the girls-only alternative.

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The human papilloma virus ( HPV ) jab that protects against cervical cancer will be offered to boys Dr Mairin Ryan of the health information and quality authority ( HIQA ) in Ireland said that the HPV vaccine was Extending the vaccine to boys will result in more cancers prevented and lives saved

"It is likely that gender neutral 9-valent vaccination would also be cost-effective in light of the conservative assumptions used with regard to final cost, uptake rate and protection provided against all types of cancers."

It also considered the ethical and organisational issues for giving the vaccine to boys.

Dr Máirín Ryan said: "Extending the HPV vaccine to boys provides direct protection against HPV-related disease to boys, indirect protection to girls who have not been vaccinated and would reduce HPV-related disease and mortality in Ireland.

"Over 20 years, a gender-neutral 9-valent programme will prevent an estimated 101 additional cases of cervical cancer compared with the current girls-only 4-valent programme."

The final report and recommendations have been informed by four systematic reviews, an economic evaluation, an ethical and organisational analysis, intensive engagement with an expert advisory group and a six-week public consultation which received 242 submissions.

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Research is to be undertaken in Ireland to see if the HPV vaccine should be extended to boys . The human papillomavirus vaccine is currently given to girls to help prevent cervical cancer, as part of the national immunisation scheme.

HPV vaccines are set to be extended to teenage boys as well as girls – after recommendations from a key advisory panel. A routine vaccination programme began in 2008 among school- age girls in the UK to tackle the human papilloma virus , which spreads through genital or oral contact and can

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