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Human Papilloma Virus Vaccines

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research her Department has conducted on the introduction of human papilloma virus vaccines; (95278)

(2) what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the introduction of human papilloma virus vaccines in the NHS.

The Department commissioned some preliminary research in 2005 into the possible use of human papilloma virus vaccines. The research found that generally parents were very positive about a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. However, concern was expressed by some parents about offering such a vaccine to young children, with the opinion generally favouring the vaccine being offered in early adolescence at secondary school.