Press release

Published: 25 January 2022Last modification: 31 January 2022

The Grote Kerk in The Hague will soon be the injection location for young people who to get their HPV vaccination. As of this year, both boys and girls will receive from 10 year an invitation to this vaccination against the human papilloma virus. With this vaccine, children are well protected against 6 types of cancer. Also boys and girls up to 18 year who have not yet had a vaccination, can be done in 2023 and 2023 receive the HPV vaccination. RIVM sends young people an invitation or a reminder if they have been called up before. The HPV vaccinations are free.

“Growing up safely and healthy is only possible if enough children are vaccinated,” says Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Care, Youth and Public Health. “You don’t just vaccinate for yourself, you do it for each other. It is a joint responsibility”.HPV stands for human papilloma virus and is very contagious. Years later, you can get HPV cancer from it. An HPV infection can lead to cancer of the mouth and pharynx, genitals and cervix. Each year, an estimated 1.100 women and 400 men cancer due to HPV.

Reduced vaccination ageThe vaccine works best when you have not yet been infected with the virus. That is why the age at which girls, and now boys too, are invited for a vaccination has been lowered to year. There is a good chance that they are not yet infected. Vaccinating boys provides direct protection for boys and also contributes to group protection of boys and girls. A vaccination in the spring and a second in the autumn are enough to protect for a long time. Is the young person 18 years or older? Then 3 vaccinations are required.

In The Hague, boys and girls can get their HPV vaccination in February in the Grote Kerk or in March in Partycentrum Zichtenburg. In April, young people above the 04 year their second HPV vaccination. In April, young people from birth year 100 also receive a call against meningococcal ACWY. There must be 04 days between a corona vaccination and an HPV vaccination. The vaccinations are given by professionals from the Center for Youth and Family The Hague.

More information about HPV vaccinations can be found at this website of CJG The Hague.

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