Rwanda is scheduled to begin mass vaccination of young women against what they say is cervical cancer despite the fact that HPV vaccines have not been proven to prevent cancer; despite the fact that post-vaccination women will still need the same recommended cancer screening that is recommended before vaccination.
Is adequate gynecological care available to these women? It is not likely. The SaneVax Team would strongly urge those countries considering HPV vaccines to make good gynecological care available before they spend their precious health care funds on an unproven method of preventing a disease that is safely and effectively controlled with methods available.
All vaccines carry some risk. When you are talking about injecting a healthy population, no risk is acceptable. Particularly not with a disease that can be virtually erradicated with already proven methods.
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