The Information Services Division Scotland has published the annual statistics for the uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation among girls in their first, second and third years of secondary school (S1, S2 and S3) in 2018-2019.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- The uptake rate for HPV immunisation among girls in S1 to S3 remained high, with 85.4 per cent of eligible girls receiving both doses by the end of S3 in 2018-2019. However, this represents a small reduction for the second consecutive year.
- In 2018-2019, the uptake of the first dose in S1 rose to 85.1 per cent; this rise is the first-ever since 2014-2015 when the vaccine was initially offered to S1 girls.
- In 2018-2019, the uptake of the second dose by the end of S2 was 77.9 per cent. The figure is comparable with that of the previous year but has reduced from 82.7 per cent in 2015-2016.
- Girls missing a dose are re-offered it in the following school year. In 2018-2019, an additional 7.2 per cent of girls received their second dose in S3, bringing the uptake rate for the two-dose course to 85.4 per cent.
- Although there was a >90 per cent uptake of the first dose by the end of S3 in all deprivation categories, girls from the most deprived areas had a lower likelihood of receiving the second dose than those from the least deprived areas (81.6% vs 89.6%).