Delhi becomes first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools 

Delhi becomes first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools

Delhi has become the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.The HPV vaccine protects people against the group of 150-odd HPVs, some of which can cause cervical cancer.

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Phases of vaccination :

  • This vaccination programme will be completed in the current academic year over two phases. In the first year, girls studying in Class VI in government schools will be targeted and in the next year girls between the age of 9 and 13 will be targeted. In the first phase of the vaccination programme, about 1 to 1.5 lakh school girls will be targeted and later this initiative will be expanded to the private schools.

Vaccine dose :

  • Children will be given two doses of the vaccine. The first and the second doses will be administered within 30 days of each other while the third booster dose will be given within 240 days of the first vaccine, which will be covered in the next phase.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) : 

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  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans. It is mainly a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Routine screening and vaccines are the safest way to prevent the infection.