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Schoolgirls get new jabs to beat cervical cancer

PUBLISHED: 19:49 08 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

GIRLS as young as 12 are being given vaccination against cervical cancer in schools in London's East End. Pupils aged 12 and 13 are being offered the jab, under a Government programme launched by the Department of Health, which consists of three doses spread over six months

GIRLS as young as 12 are being given vaccination against cervical cancer in schools in London's East End.

Pupils aged 12 and 13 are being offered the jab, under a Government programme launched by the Department of Health, which consists of three doses spread over six months.

The aim is to protect them against the Human Papillomavirus infection which is a major cause of cervical cancer.

The inoculations begin this month in Tower Hamlets schools for Year 8 girls and next year will include Sixthform girls aged 17 and 18.

It is in addition to women being offered the NHS cervical screening from the age of 25.

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