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Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has any plans to introduce a national human papilloma virus vaccination programme. (129614)

[holding answer 26 March 2007]: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is in the process of thoroughly examining the vaccine safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness evidence concerning human papilloma virus vaccines. The work is being taken forward by a sub-group of JCVI, with further work 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 JCVI has presented its advice to Ministers for their consideration.