Germany to vaccinate girls against cancer

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Germany's Standing Vaccination Commission has recommended that girls aged 12 to 17 be vaccinated against cervical cancer. A course of three injections should be completed before the girls start to have sexual relations, the Robert Koch Institute said on its website Wednesday. The vaccine, which has been available in Germany since September 2006, is effective against the human papilloma 16 and 18 viruses, which cause precancerous and cancerous lesions. Around 70 per cent of cer

29 March 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Germany's Standing Vaccination Commission has recommended that girls aged 12 to 17 be vaccinated against cervical cancer.

A course of three injections should be completed before the girls start to have sexual relations, the Robert Koch Institute said on its website Wednesday.

The vaccine, which has been available in Germany since September 2006, is effective against the human papilloma 16 and 18 viruses, which cause precancerous and cancerous lesions.

Around 70 per cent of cervical cancer tumours are caused by the papilloma viruses, which are transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Some 6,500 women in Germany are affected by the disease each year.

Health authorities in Austria, France and Italy have already recommended similar vaccinations for girls.

The German decision adds the human papilloma virus vaccination to the national schedule for standard vaccinations four months ahead of the next regular update of this schedule in July 2007.

DPA

Subject: German news

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