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HPV – what is it and what do vaccinations do? Expert Paweł Grzesiowski, M.D. explains: cancer can be prevented

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We must understand that the HPV vaccine, like all other vaccines, prevents diseases and complications that may be as drastic as cancer or even death due to it – said Paweł Grzesiowski, MD, Chief Sanitary Inspector, in “Tak jest”. He also said that the vaccination program against this virus “unfortunately is, for now, a failure.”

Universal protection has been in operation in Poland for over a year (from June 1, 2023). free HPV vaccination program for girls and boys aged 12-13. There are two options available for children of this age. According to the current procedure, children can be vaccinated free of charge if a doctor issues an e-prescription for the vaccine. Then the parent fills the e-prescription at the pharmacy, makes an appointment for the child to be vaccinated directly at the primary care clinic and brings the vaccine there.

Paweł Grzesiowski, M.D., the new Chief Sanitary Inspector, said in the “Tak jest” program on TVN24 that the HPV vaccination program “unfortunately is a picture of failure for now.” – The HPV vaccination program was not successful, which means that our hope that 60-70 percent of children in the age groups scheduled for vaccination would be vaccinated did not come true – he continued. As he said, “it's a failure.” – About 15 percent were vaccinated, so we can say that the program did not work and now let us draw conclusions why it did not work – he emphasized.

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Grzesiowski: Unfortunately, the HPV vaccination program is a failure for nowTVN24

In his opinion, the reasons are: “bad information, lack of information, lack of training, lack of reaching children's parents, because they are the ones who decide about vaccinations.” – But there were also purely technical problems: shortage of the vaccine in various regions, some vaccination offices or family doctors' offices not necessarily too enthusiastic – he enumerated.

The expert assessed that “we have a problem again in which there are several stakeholders and we need to reach them.”

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Human papillomavirus (HPV)Maria Samczuk, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

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The head of GIS and a doctor, speaking about why it is worth getting vaccinated against HPV, emphasized that thanks to this “you can prevent cancer.”

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– We simply need to understand that the HPV vaccine, like all other vaccines, prevents diseases and complications that can be as drastic as cancer or even death from it – he argued, adding that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is very dangerous .

In his opinion, “many people do not realize this.” – When asked what the HPV virus is, many people answer: I don't know, I haven't heard of it – he noted. – We had such a program in one of the voivodeships, where we invited teachers from schools. Please believe me that (in the case of – editors) many of them answered the initial question “Do you know what HPV is?”: not necessarily, we don't know. We know because we heard something in the media, Grzesiowski reported. He noted that “in order to convey this knowledge to children who are to be vaccinated – and let's remember that these are 12-13-year-olds – we must have very strong substantive arguments.”

Grzesiowski about vaccination against HPV: cancer can be prevented

Grzesiowski about vaccination against HPV: cancer can be preventedTVN24

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