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Cervical cancer: WHO updates vaccination recommendations |  WEB.DE

Updated on 04/14/2022 13:32

  • Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer.
  • The vaccination can protect against HPV.
  • In the future, more young people should receive the vaccination offer.

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World Health Organization (Who is theIt has updated its vaccination recommendations to prevent cervical cancer. In a statement, she wrote that the simple human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination provides adequate protection for women under the age of 21. The second scoop previously recommended is according to the latest Single dose efficacy study not necessary. The World Health Organization still recommends two or three doses of the vaccine for people over 21 years of age who have compromised immune systems.

With the new recommendation, more people could be vaccinated with the same level of protection, committee chair Alejandro Craviotto explains. Only 13 percent of the world’s population currently enjoys double protection from vaccination. In poor countries especially, the rate is low. This is due to high costs, lack of resources or administrative obstacles. The new regulation aims to correct the situation.

“I firmly believe it is possible to eliminate cervical cancer. The single-dose recommendation gives us the opportunity to reach our goal of vaccinating 90 percent of 15-year-old girls by 2030 faster,” says Dr. Princess Nutempa (Nono) Semmelella of the World Health Organization.

RKI: Most are infected “at least once in a lifetime”

Although there is a vaccine According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) It prevents “nearly 100 percent” from infection with HPV, and 340,000 people died of cervical cancer worldwide in 2020 alone. According to the RKI, a significant portion of the population is infected with sexually transmitted HPV “at least once in their lifetime, usually shortly after the start of sexual activity.”

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Therefore, the Standing Committee on Immunization (STIKO) recommends appropriate vaccination before the first sexual contact. This should ideally happen between the ages of nine and fourteen. And by the way, the recommendation applies not only to girls, but also to boys since 2018. Because HPV viruses can also cause tumors in men, for example in the mouth, throat, genitals and anus.
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