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This chapter features:
the history and epidemiology of the virus
the HPV vaccine
the dosage and schedule for the UK
recommendations for the use of the vaccine
contraindications and adverse reaction advice
vaccine supply information
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a double-stranded DNA virus that infects squamous epithelia including the skin and mucosae of the upper respiratory and anogenital tracts. There are approximately 100 types of HPV, of which about 40 infect the genital tract (McCance, 2004).