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South Africa: HPV Vaccination Campaign to be Rolled Out in Schools
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 17, 2014

About 550 000 learners throughout the country will in March/April get their first dose of the vaccine, and the second dose in September/October. The vaccine prevents infection from HPV strains, which cause most of cervical cancer cases. It is most effective in young girls who have not yet come into contact with HPV.
The introduction of the vaccine is part of the Integrated School Health Programme.
Motsoaledi and Surty will this morning give the first dose of the vaccine to learners at Gonyane Primary School in Bloemfontein.
HPV vaccination teams will during the month visit schools to vaccinate girls that are eligible for the vaccination.
Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in South Africa. Estimates indicate that there are 16 million women over the age of 15 years who are at risk of cervical cancer.
There are more than 5 000 cases per year in South Africa and around 3 000 deaths from this cancer. Black women carry the heaviest burden of the disease.
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