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Why vaccines matter
  1. Julian Treadwell, DTB Associate Editor
  1. Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Julian Treadwell, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; julian.treadwell{at}phc.ox.ac.uk

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Over recent months, the attention of clinicians, researchers and the public has been almost fully captured by the COVID-19 pandemic and the hope of a national vaccination programme. It has often felt like a struggle as science grapples with uncertainty and a lack of information. Away from the spotlight, however, normal practice and research continue and the results from two studies highlight the contribution that vaccination programmes make to public health.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme has been in place in the UK since 2008 and is offered to girls aged 12–13 years, and from 2019 the programme was extended to include boys. By December 2019, 124 countries had similar programmes and evidence has been accumulating of a powerful effect on the incidence of genital warts and …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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