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Teresa Jackowska: HPV vaccination program is not working as we would like it to

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published Oct. 24, 2023 10:43

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fot. Rafał Gronecki
Interview with Prof. Teresa Jackowska, head of the CMKP Department of Pediatrics and president of the Polish Pediatric Society.

How do you assess the functioning of the vaccination program for 12- and 13-year-olds against HPV?

The HPV vaccination program for both girls and boys was implemented on June 1 and applies to children who are either 12- or 13-year-olds. Thus, it covered two year groups. However, it is absolutely necessary to emphasize that this is a program that is an optional vaccination program, that is, a recommended vaccination, voluntary, but free of charge. Two vaccines were purchased for this program, both a bivalent vaccine and a state-of-the-art 9-valent vaccine, which gives a decidedly broader coverage. The latter is a vaccine recommended by one of the most competent societies: the Polish Society of Cervical Colposcopy and Pathophysiology. There are doctors out there who deal with the clinical picture of cervical cancer in women on a daily basis, a disease that we prevent throu...

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