Hello I am a novice when it comes to raising national awareness about anything. After asking around, my friends advised me to send you an e-mail. There have been articles recently highlighting the need for young boys to access the HPV Vaccine on the NHS, as young girls do. It saddens me to understand that currently our boys future health is being put at risk! It is suggested, to date, that it's deemed more cost effective to treat them when they have cancer later on in life, than to treat them (vaccination) on the NHS NOW at £34. It suggests that the vaccine would protect them from several strains of the HPV virus which may be responsible for penile, anal, mouth tongue and throat cancers.
Would your current audience of readers, with boys aged between 12 - 15, be interested in knowing more? I found out by accident! There clearly is not enough education and or information out there. As parents, we should all be in the position to make an informed & educated decision.
Again it is suggested that Young girls are not taking up the full quota - why? Possibly due to a lack of education and information put out there for parents. Parents can get the vaccine for boys from Boots, Super Drug or the private sector from £150.00 per vaccine. Two are required up to the age of 15, I think?Thereafter it is three jabs. Nice little earner for the chemists or private sector. I have read there may be something in the pipeline for change! How long will it take and how many more boys will be placed at risk? Also can it be classed as discrimination?? We'll try & stop/limit girls from getting certain forms of cancer but not boys! Go figure. Are our boys, men of tomorrow, collateral damage? Russian roulette. How do we get this item out there, into the national psyche? Discussed in Parliament?
It may be personal to me who knows, but it scares the hell out of me as a mother. Surely I'm not the only one?
The current crop of readers are parents with boys aged 12-15yrs old as my sentence mentions.
As a novice & emailing mumsnet direct they suggested I post it. I have done that to see if there is interest in the subject & to let others know about it. They can make their own informed decision. That’s all. Hope this helps explain.