Starting June 1, it will be possible to vaccinate against HPV for children aged 12 and 13 free of charge. Registration starts on May 27, according to Polish health officials.
Wherever it is possible to act preventively, to prevent cancer, we introduce very specific solutions – a free and voluntary HPV vaccine – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the “Family Health” conference at the Ministry of Health.
He noted that more than 2.5 thousand of women in Poland fight cervical cancer – unfortunately, more than half of them lose this fight. – I hope that this will change soon thanks to the fact that we are implementing the HPV vaccination program – he announced.
We will systematically vaccinate subsequent years of girls and boys. We start with 12 and 13 year olds. Registration will open on May 27. from A special helpline will operate at 7:00, under the number 989. You can also register your child online, informed the Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski.
The Minister emphasized that we are joining the group of countries that already carry out universal HPV vaccination and have successfully reduced the number of cancer cases.
HPV vaccines are already available in all provincial sanitary and epidemiological stations. POZ facilities began to receive them. Over 1,400 people have already signed up. vaccination points. When enrolling your child for vaccination, you can choose one of the two available vaccines (2-valent Cervarix or 9-valent Gardasil9).
The vaccine protects against HPV (human papilloma virus) infection, which is mainly sexually transmitted. HPV infections affect both sexes. HPV is responsible for all cases of cervical cancer and other types of cancer in men and women.
Poland is in line with the assumptions of the WHO and has created a plan to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem. Vaccination of girls aged 12 and 13 reduces the risk of cervical cancer by nearly 90% – explained Dr. n. med. Andrzej Nowakowski, professor of the National Institute of Oncology – National Research Institute.
Dr. hab. Ewa Augustynowicz from the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Supervision of the National Institute of Hygiene, National Institute of Hygiene, pointed out the safety of HPV vaccines, which have been on the market for 15 years. “There are universal HPV vaccination programs in over 120 countries and more than 500 million doses have been administered,” she said.
Studies clearly show that the effectiveness of teenagers’ vaccinations is the greatest, because they take place before the first contact with the virus. For the vaccination of 12 and 13 year olds, we only give two doses of the vaccine
I am happy that we can protect children from the HPV virus, which can turn into a serious cancer. I went through all its stages, I fought for my life for 1.5 years. That is why I appeal to parents: vaccinate your children – summed up Ida Karpińska from the Kwiat Femininity Foundation.
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