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New resources for schools to raise awareness of HPV vaccine

New resources for schools to raise awareness of HPV vaccine

A new resource to help teenagers learn more about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is now available for teachers.

The EDUCATE lesson has been co-produced by young people and researchers from the University of Bristol and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with support from our School-Aged Immunisation Team. 

The resource - which includes a lesson plan, FAQs and student worksheets and resources - aims to provide reassurance to teenagers before receiving the vaccine and it is available to download from the PSHE Association’s website.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) affects 4 out of 5 people. While most people never experience symptoms, HPV can cause several types of cancer and claims almost half a million lives every year.

There are more than 100 different types of the virus and the HPV vaccine helps protect against the strains which cause cervical cancer, some cancers of the mouth, throat, anus and genital areas, as well as genital warts. Cervical screening also detects HPV-related cancers and precancers, making effective treatment possible.

HPV Awareness Day, which is taking place on 4 March this year, aims to educate people about the virus and encourage those who are eligible to have the vaccine and attend cervical screening appointments.

Our Immunisation Team offers HPV vaccinations to year eight and nine students in schools across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire as part of the national immunisation programme. They also run clinics for students who are home educated or missed the vaccination in school.

For more information about the HPV vaccine clinics, you can contact the immunisation team via email to sirona.sch-imms@nhs.net or call 0300 124 5515.

Page last updated Saturday 4 March 2023