Human papillomavirus (HPV): the green book, chapter 18a

Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation information for public health professionals, including updates.


Human papillomavirus (HPV): the green book, chapter 18a

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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).

Published 20 March 2013
Last updated 12 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated HPV chapter in preparation for the introduction of the HPV universal programme.

  2. Updated to reflect the forthcoming change in the vaccination schedule from 3 to 2 doses.

  3. Updated Body text to include link to NHS Choices.

  4. First published.