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Government Launches HPV Vaccine This Week in Mombasa

Government Launches HPV Vaccine This Week in Mombasa”

Pre-cancer refers to abnormal cell growth in the cervix most often discovered during routine Pap tests.

"We are excited by these initial findings", says Dr. Gina Ogilvie, professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC and senior research advisor, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre.

"We did not notice any side effects from the pilot programme carried out in Kitui in 2014/2015".

The HPV vaccine requires a series of shots, and Schroeder said it's very important to complete the entire series in order for the vaccine to do its job. Those two types are believed to be responsible for about 70 per cent of all cervical cancer.

Although there are more than 100 types of HPV, there are specific types that the HPV vaccine protects against, with the most common being the HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18.

According to Benda Kithaka, a civil society representative working with communities to eliminate cancer, the vaccine is safe and aims at protecting adolescent girls against cervical cancer infection.

Cervical cancer is the second-most prevalent cancer amongst women in Kenya after breast cancer but it claims more lives as most cases are detected at advanced stages.

Although most HPV infections clear up on their own, some cause pre-cancerous lesions that can develop into cancer over time if they're not treated. It is, therefore, recommended that even those vaccinated continue to go for regular cervical cancer screening.

The province says 200 women will get cervical cancer in B.C., and 50 of them will die of it.

"The vaccine will be offered nationally alongside other routine infant vaccines through an existing network of more than 9,000 public, private, faith-based and NGO health facilities free of charge to 800,000 girls, who are now aged 10 and subsequently to all girls as they attain that age in the future", the CS said as quoted by Daily Nation.

"The decline we are seeing in HPV-related cancer rates highlights how strong partnerships between school districts and health authorities can significantly improve the well-being of B.C. students", Fleming said.

The World Health Organization recently announced that the elimination of cervical cancer is now one of its top priorities.

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