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Why not boys? The human papillomavirus vaccine schedule in the UK

Millington, Helen; Kelly, Janet Clair


Helen Millington

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Dr Janet Kelly
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Healthcare Law and Ethics


The aim of this paper is to explore the ethical issues on why boys are not currently included in the human papillomavirus vaccination schedule in the United Kingdom (UK). There is a paucity of literature on the benefits of vaccinating boys (Hull and Caplan, 2009). The current vaccination schedule in the UK for HPV consists of a two-dose quadrivalent vaccination (against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18) for adolescent girls aged 11–13 years old. This is delivered as a school-based programme and is only offered to girls (NHS Choices, 2014; 2015). Currently, boys are not offered the vaccine and there are no plans to do so.


Millington, H., & Kelly, J. C. (2016). Why not boys? The human papillomavirus vaccine schedule in the UK. British Journal of School Nursing, 11(9), 438-442.

Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2016
Publication Date Nov 2, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 11, 2016
Journal British journal of school nursing
Print ISSN 1752-2803
Electronic ISSN 2052-2827
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 9
Pages 438-442
Keywords Human papillomavirus; Vaccination
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: British journal of school nursing, 2016, v.11 issue 9.


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