10th July 2019, 16:50
The vaccination for the Human PapillomaVirus has been available to schoolgirls in Gibraltar since 2012 and year 8 boys since last September following recommendations from the Medical Advisory Committee and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation last year.
Slightly behind us, the UK Government announced this week that the jab will be available to UK schoolboys between 12 and 13 years after this summer.
But, what about those who have missed out on the immunisation which can protect against cancers in the cervical and genital areas, as well as the mouth and throat?
In the UK, the HPV jab can be made available to boys between 14-18 years old at a cost of £150 per dose.
However, in answer to GBC questions, Number Six said that at the moment, there are no plans to extend the vaccine to older boys in Gibraltar but added this will be kept under review.
Guidelines suggest those who missed their HPVvaccination at school can continue to have it up to their 25th birthday and it's predicted to prevent 29,000 cancers in UK men over the next 40 years.