Bushra Altaf Wednesday 10th November
Should 12 Year Old Girls Be Vaccinated Against HPV?
since September 2008 there has been a national program to vaccinate girls ages 12- 13 against the human papilloma virus (HPV). As well as this in September 2008 there was also a ‘Catch Up Campaign’ that was started to offer the HPV vaccine, also known as the cervical cancer jab, to older girls aged 14-17.The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools and consists of three injections that should ideally be given over a period of six months, although they can all be given over a period of 12 months. From September 2008 to July 2010 4 million doses of this vaccine were given. But is it really worth it as there are chances of side effects? And why should girls at this age have a vaccine? With in the following I will answer them two questions and back it up using knowledge and experience of my own and others around me and using scientific knowledge and understanding.
The human papilloma virus is the name given to a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes. There are over 100 HPV which could lead to cancers of the Penis, Cervix, Vagina (though these two are rare) Head and Anus. The HPV vaccination is one that would prevent the development of cervical cancer and some other less common cancers. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in adults world wide, with 8 out of 10 people having HPV infections at least once in there lives. 2,900 women in the uk are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
In 2008, 960 women from the UK died of cervical cancer but the highest rate of women having this cancer was in 1985 where over 1,650 were diagnosed. From 1990 there has been a downward trend partly due to the deeper research into the development of vaccines against it.
There are many side effects caused by this vaccination. Common side effects are; joint pain, a high temperature,...
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