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More vaccinations? Am I bovvered?

According to a report by BBC Health, an expert has recommended that teenagers should be given a variety of vaccinations in addition to the diphtheria, tetanus and polio (DTP) booster that is currently recommended.

A decision on whether teenagers should be immunised against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is due this year. In addition to this, Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has proposed that teenagers be given:

  • A vaccine against hepatitis B - already given in many European countries.

  • A booster against whooping cough - already offered in France.

  • A vaccine against chicken pox - already offered in the US.

  • A more comprehensive jab against meningococcal disease - already offered in the US.

There is also work going on to develop a vaccine against genital herpes.

Professor Finn, who is based at the University of Bristol, said that the number of teenage vaccinations would increase over the next 10 years.

    "For the next 10 years, while we will continue to think about how best to vaccinate babies, the real growth area will be vaccinating adolescents.

    "People are going to have to engage with adolescents and sort out what the teenagers want."