Cebu public school students complete HPV vaccination-A A +A
Saturday, March 22, 2014
ABOUT 9,000 girls from different public schools in Cebu received yesterday the last dose of vaccines under the school-based HPV vaccination program of the Department of Health (DOH) 7.
The DOH and the Department of Education (DepEd) initiated the program in 2013 to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which causes cervical cancer.
Under the program, more than 7,700 girls were vaccinated in other provinces in Central Visayas.
The girls received two doses of the vaccine last year.
Dr. Eugenia Cañal, officer-in-charge of DOH 7’s non-communicable diseases section, said cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of death for women.
She said some students were not vaccinated because their parents did not allow it.
Some received the first dose of the vaccine but were disqualified from getting the next dose because they experienced allergic reactions.
The vaccines were provided for free by MSD, an international health care company.
Michael Alzona of MSD said the vaccine can be administered to males, but the program gives priority to girls.
Students, aged 10 to 14, of the Guadalupe Elementary School in Cebu City were among those who received the vaccine. Qualified students of public schools in the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay were also vaccinated.
Vaccination will also be given to public school students in the towns of Consolacion and Mingallanilla.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2014.