Spalding hospital welcomes youngsters for HPV vaccination
Hundreds of youngsters are taking advantage of a countywide vaccination service which includes a centre in Spalding.
Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) NHS Trust confirmed that about 300 appointments have been made so far for 12 and 13-year-olds to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV).
More than 70 appointments for Year 8 and 9 students have been made at Johnson Community Hospital, the county's first-ever drive through vaccination centre, since it opened on July 10.
The HPV vaccine, given in two separate doses, protects children against a number of life-threatening conditions, including mouth, neck and throat cancers.
Tina Bramley, head of Clinical Services for LCHS NHS Trust said: "We are very pleased with the positive reception that we received from parents and children at our first-ever vaccination drive through centre at Johnson Community Hospital.
"The scheme proved so popular that we are now rolling this approach out at further sites across the county.
"The HPV vaccine offers significant protection against a range of cancers, 99.7 per cent of which are caused by the HPV virus.
"We are working hard to contact parents whose children have missed out on their first HPV vaccination due to school closures caused by coronavirus.
"If parents have received a letter from us, please get in touch to make an appointment for their HPV vaccination to ensure their child receives the right protection against many types of cancer."
Parents wishing to make an appointment for their children, or who have not received a letter for their child to receive the HPV vaccination, should call the Trust's School Age Immunisation team on 01522 572950.
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