Youth should be vaccinated against papillomavirus 2

Youth should be vaccinated against papillomavirus

According to experts, not only girls but also boys should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus that causes cancer.

According to experts, not only girls but also boys should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus that causes cancer.

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Vaccine fatigue in Germany does not affect measles alone. Even when vaccinated against human papillomavirus, they are not very jealous – although the infection can be devastating.

Heidelberg. Many more adolescents should be vaccinated against carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) from the perspective of experts. The 31 percent vaccination rate (2015) among 15-year-olds in Germany was low compared to industrialized countries.

Over the next five years, it must rise to at least 70 percent. Healthcare, research and policy experts have called for this as a result of a "roundtable discussion on the eradication of HPV-related cancers". It had
The German Center for Cancer Research in Heidelberg (DKFZ) was called.

The vaccine is known primarily as a protection against cervical cancer in women, but since 2018 it is also recommended for boys. Pathogens are mainly sexually transmitted. In boys, the vaccine reduces the likelihood of developing anal, penile, oral and pharyngeal cancer. The vaccine is safest before the first sexual contact, but experts recommend it afterwards.

According to DKFZ calculations, about 7,700 people in Germany contracted cancer last year due to human papillomavirus infection. Among them are almost 4,000 cases of cervical cancer. This type of cancer causes about 1500 deaths each year.

The HPV vaccine could prevent many of these tumors. The vaccine is recommended by the Permanent Commission on Vaccination, and is paid for by health insurance companies and causes, except for extremely rare isolated cases, with no lasting side effects, as reported by the Cancer Research Center.

According to DKFZ, vaccination rates in Australia and Scandinavia are 80 percent. Germany shows considerable regional differences. According to the Robert Koch Institute, according to current research, good quotas are achieved in East Germany among 15-year-old girls of about 60 percent. Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are lagging behind with shares of about 35 percent.

There are several reasons why Impfmüdigkeit has been called "roundtable" experts for several reasons: The new age group of 9-14 still lacks medical contacts. Not only pediatricians, but GPs and gynecologists need to take care of the subject; according to the doctor's recommendation, the rate of HPV vaccination has skyrocketed. Moreover, it is too complicated for many young people to receive a HPV prescription vaccine after a pharmacy consultation and to schedule a second appointment for the vaccine. Doctors should have the vaccine in stock. Additionally, information campaigns across the country through social media are lacking. Appropriate measures to improve vaccination rates include immunization at school, individual calls and vaccination counseling.