Students welcome at pop-up vaccine location for HPV
As a(n international) student of Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht University and mbo institutions, you will get the opportunity to get vaccinated against the HPV virus. The Public Health Service of Utrecht (GGD) will temporarily provide a pop-up location in the University Library in Utrecht Science Park.
What is HPV?
HPV is short for the Humane Papilloma virus. You can get HPV from any skin-to-skin contact of the genital area. Also, via vaginal, anal or oral sex. HPV is a highly contagious and common virus that infects 8 out of ten people. The body is usually able to get rid of the virus on its own, but it can remain present in cells for a long time. Luckily, not all of them will become ill. In almost all cases, your body will get rid of the virus all on its own. But sometimes the virus does not go away completely. In those cases, you could develop cancer 10 to 15 years later. In the long-term HPV can cause cancer in the mouth, throat, penis, anus, vagina, labia and cervix. Approximately 1100 women and around 400 men per year get cancer caused by the HPV virus.
Free HPV-vaccine offered during The Dutch National Vaccination programme
This year the Dutch National Immunisation Programme has decided to launch a campaign focused on young adults. The campaign is for men and women born between the 1st of January 1996 and 31st of December of 2003 It is the first campaign that offers the HPV vaccine for free within this age category.
The HPV vaccine protects you against 6 types of cancer. Two injections (within 6 months) will be enough to protect you for a long period of time. The vaccine will reduce the future risk of cancer caused by the HPV-virus.
From January 2023, a vaccination campaign against HPV has started for men and women born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2003. This also includes international citizens without a citizen service number (BSN).
The HPV vaccine location will be opened in March on the first floor of the University Library on Utrecht Science Park (address: Heidelberglaan 3, 3554 CS Utrecht) between 10:00 and 17:00 hrs on Thursday 9th, Friday the 10th, Tuesday the 14th and Wednesday the 15th of March.
This location does not require an appointment. We do advice people to bring along a form of identification (passport, driver license, ID-card).
There are several other vaccine locations offered by The Public Health Service of Utrecht (GGD): Amersfoort, Utrecht, Veenendaal and Woerden. For further questions or details regarding the HPV campaign or other locations check the webpage or contact 0800 – 1608.