Young girls 'embrace cervical cancer vaccination'

A vaccination which protects against cervical cancer has been provided to more than four out of five 12 and 13 year old girls in Derbyshire, UK, according to new figures.

The county's Primary Care Trust attributes the positive treatment figures to a local awareness campaign, which has been ongoing for the last 18 months, reports the BBC.

With the vaccination believed to protect against 70 per cent of the viruses associated with the onset of cervical cancer, medical experts have expressed delight at the response among young people.

Linda Syson-Nibbs, immunisation co-ordinator at the trust, said the take-up rates had been "fantastic".

She added: "However, it is not too late for those girls who chose not to have the first jab. They can still come forward and protect themselves from infection."

Later in 2009, the vaccination programme will be extended to all 21,584 girls aged between 12 and 18 in Derbyshire.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the government will review whether to allow women between 20 and 24 years of age in England to be offered smear test treatments.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19078536-ADNFCR