Human papilloma virus. Registration for children’s vaccinations is now open
Registration for the free vaccination of girls and boys aged 12-13 against HPV began from Saturday. Parents and guardians can register children through the patient’s online account, directly at the facility or via the 989 hotline.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination will begin on June 1, 2023, and is voluntary.
The vaccines used in the general vaccination program are Cervarix and Gardasil 9. The administration schedule in both cases is two doses. The recommended period between doses is 6 months. The second dose should not be given more than 12 months after the first dose.
Vaccinations will apply in 2023 to children born in 2010 and 2011. Children corresponding to this age group, who have already received their first dose of vaccination (outside the program) on the day the program begins, may receive the next dose as part of the program.
Registration is possible via the free helpline, which operates at 989, and is open seven days a week from 7.00 to 20.00. Electronic registration is also provided on the patient’s online account. Registration is also carried out at primary health care (POZ) vaccination points, where mandatory and recommended vaccinations for children and adolescents are carried out.
Human papillomavirus – what is it?
Human papillomavirus is the most contagious sexually transmitted virus. The infection with it is often asymptomatic, and although it goes away on its own in most cases, it sometimes becomes chronic and can cause cancer, such as cervical cancer and cancer of the mouth and throat.
Experts argue that HPV vaccination in the teenage years is the most effective form of prevention. It not only prevents the development of human papillomavirus in the body, but also prevents the appearance of cancer cells. An added advantage is that teens only need two doses of the vaccine, instead of three.
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