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Italy adopts gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme, citing study by Kingston University health economics expert

Monday 30 January 2017

Research by a leading health economics expert from Kingston Business School has played a key role in persuading Italy to introduce free mandatory vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for all 12-year-old boys and girls. 

Professor Giampiero Favato has been part of a multidisciplinary research programme working to assess the cost and benefits of a gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme since 2010.

Along with colleagues in public health, he developed a sophisticated economic model detailing the cost-benefit of the HPV research study. In a presentation to the European Parliament's Gender Summit Europe in Brussels in November 2016, he highlighted his recent conclusion that offering the HPV vaccination to both boys and girls would be the most cost-effective option for improving public health.

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