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Men Up To 22 Years Old Offered Free HPV Vaccine

Heather Lawrie
Heather Lawrie

08:56 24 Aug 2023

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Young men up to the age of 22 are being offered a free HPV vaccine.

It protects against the types of HPV that cause 90 per cent of cervical cancers - and also several cancers that affect both men and women.

This includes mouth, throat, head and neck cancers as well as genital warts and anal cancers.

Currently, 1 in every 3 boys aged 15 and older carry at least one strain of the HPV virus.

The Laura Brennan Catch Up Programme is offering free vaccines to those who didn't receive one while in school.

Since its launch last year, the group has provided vaccines to over 3 and half thousand people.

An online booking system is available here. It will begin next Tuesday and will remain open until December 31st.

Minister Stephen Donnelly says this may be extended past the end of the year.

He also believes, depending on data, that the age limit could be stretched over the age of 22.

The vaccines are free and will be provided at HSE vaccine clinics.

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