IMPLEMENTING A SCHOOL-BASED HPV VACCINATION PROGRAMME

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Abstract

Stretch, R. et al (2008) Implementing a school-based HPV vaccination programme. Nursing Times; 104: 48, 30-33.

Background:

The Department of Health launched a national human papillomavirus immunisation programme for girls aged 12-13 years in September 2008.

Aim:

To assess the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a school-based programme.

Method:

HPV vaccination was offered over one academic year by two PCTs in 36 schools to 12-13-year-old girls, using different implementation plans.

Results:

At parent information evenings, the questions most often raised related to vaccine safety. In PCT 2, first-dose vaccine uptake was 78.7% (1,292), higher than the 59.8% (706) achieved in PCT 1. Using a late recall system and accepting late consenters in PCT 2 was associated with higher uptake, but led to one in five girls being outside the school schedule.

Conclusion:

This study suggests uptake can be improved by achieving a high initial consent rate, accepting late consenters and adopting a flexible policy to maintain high coverage across all three doses.

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