College welcomes plans to extend HPV vaccine to boys in NI

Publication date: 08 April 2019

Responding to the Department of Health's announcement to offer boys aged 12-13 the vaccine to protect them against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners NI Dr Grainne Doran said:

"We are delighted to see the HPV vaccine extended to young boys in Northern Ireland. This brings us in line with other areas in the UK.

"The vaccine helps to protect young boys and girls from a virus that can trigger a range of cancers and is proven to be very effective in protecting women against cervical cancer.

"We hope that parents will take the opportunity to have their children vaccinated as soon as the vaccination programme is offered come September."

Welcoming access to the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for screening bowel cancer, Dr Doran said:

"It is great to see two very positive announcements coming from the Department of Health today.

"Anything that helps improve the rate of identifying bowel cancer is welcome. Patients will be contacted directly if they fall within the age category for the screening programme once available and we encourage people to respond if they are contacted."

Further Information

Clare Higgins
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom solely for GPs. It aims to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and to act as the 'voice' of GPs on issues concerned with education; training; research; and clinical standards. Founded in 1952, the RCGP has just over 50,000 members who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline. RCGP NI represent over 1300 members in Northern Ireland.

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