Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination:Written question - HL8605

Asked on: 13 June 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the cohort of women who have received human papilloma virus vaccinations are aware that they should still attend cervical smear test appointments.
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 27 June 2018

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme states in patient communications that cervical screening (smear tests) will continue to be important whether women have had the HPV vaccine or not. Women aged 25 to 64 who are registered with a general practitioner are automatically invited for cervical screening. This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination as the vaccine does not guarantee completed protection of against all high risk strains of HPV. The importance of cervical screening is also reiterated online on NHS Choices.

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