The state government will soon sign an MoU with Unicef to procure 40,000 anti-Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines to check the spread of cervical cancer in the state. In the first phase, the vaccine would be administered to approximately 10,000 Class VI girl students in government schools of Mansa and Bathinda districts.Dr Baldeep Singh, MD (Paediatrics), managing director, Deep Hospital, Model Town, Ludhiana, says: "There are significant numbers of cervical cancer cases being recorded in the state since the past few years. NGOs with government help are trying to introduce this vaccine at an affordable cost at the earliest. The initiative of the government is well appreciated for deciding to introduce HPV vaccine in immunization schedule. The vaccine efficacy is best seen if administered to girls from 10 years onwards." Cervical cancer can be prevented through HPV vaccination, an efficacious and safe preventive option. HPV vaccine, especially if given to girls of age group of 9-13, can help protect against cervical cancer. This vaccination is can be given to girls from the age of 10 to a maximum of 45. But the most effective is when given at a young age. While In Australia, the vaccinationit is given to males also, but it has not been applied in India yet.
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