Vaccinating against cancer

Gary Finnegan

Gary Finnegan

April 26th, 2011

Gary Finnegan

‘Human papillomavirus (HPV) is implicated in almost all cases of cervical cancer. Right now, HPV vaccines have been proven in girls and young women to be effective against at least the two strains of the virus responsible for around 70% of cervical cancers worldwide. ’

Vaccinating-against-cancerBecause not all cancer causing types of HPV are covered by the existing vaccines, women are still advised to undergo regular cervical screening for early detection of cervical abnormalities that could eventually lead to cancer.

WHO Europe is working with national health authorities to further develop and improve screening programmes and vaccination schemes. Improving accessibility, affordability and awareness are crucial to the success of these campaigns.

The Organization says preliminary data suggests that vaccine uptake is highest when delivered through a school-based programme and it continues to develop the evidence-base around the use of HPV vaccine.

Click here for more information on cervical cancer.

This article is part of a series compiled by Vaccines Today to raise awareness of European Immunization Week 2011 which runs from 23-30 April


  1. Moe Moe

    Moe Moe

    March 28th, 2012

    Dear sir, May I know the interval of regular cervical screening for reproductive aged single lady?

    • Gary Finnegan

      Gary Finnegan

      March 29th, 2012

      Moe Moe, thanks for the comment. This is really a question for your doctor as the guidelines are not the same in every country and recommendations change depending on your age.