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Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will direct the Joint Committee on Vaccinations to meet to consider recommendations from its sub-group on Gardasil to ensure that the vaccine is rolled out during 2007-08. (124397)

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) human papilloma virus (HPV) subgroup met on 28 February to review the available information on the protective effect of the vaccine against cervical cancer, and the safety of HPV vaccines. Further work is ongoing to evaluate whether the vaccine is considered to be a cost-effective prevention of cervical cancer; and the impact that HPV vaccine may have on genital warts.

The sub group’s advice will be reported to the main JCVI committee for further discussion. No decisions will be taken on introducing these vaccines into the immunisation programme until the main JCVI present their advice to Ministers for their consideration.