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Why vaccination for cervical cancer should be your top priority

Why vaccination for cervical cancer should be your top priority

Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer affecting women. The disease is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus-16 & 18 (HPV-16 & 18). The virus is transmitted sexually and also through skin contact. So, is there any way one can stay protected against this disease? Thankfully, yes. Vaccination is available for the disease.

Why vaccination is so important?

To understand the importance, let’s look at the causes closely. The important ones worth listing in this space are:

  • Use of contraceptive pills
  • STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
  • High number of pregnancies
  • Weak immunity

Motherhood, tiring work life, and loads of responsibilities- a woman’s life is just unimaginable without all these. So, what does one do, live the life of a saint and forget about their priorities? That is certainly not possible. The solution lies in VACCINATION on PRIORITY.

Questions to Ask a Health Care Provider Before Getting Vaccinated

Which type of vaccine is best?

Both vaccines are safe and effective. Cervarix, which can only be used in girls and women, protects against the HPV types that are responsible for 70% of all cervical cancers. Gardasil, which can be used for males and females, protects against cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers and pre-cancers caused by HPV 16 and 18, as well as genital warts caused by HPV 6 and 11. Discussing the vaccine with a health care provider can help a person decide the right vaccine for him or her.

How are the vaccines given?

 

The vaccines are given in three separate shots (doses) over a 6-month period.

  • 1st shot: Date chosen by patient.

  • 2nd shot: Two months after 1st shot.

  • 3rd shot: Four months after 2nd shot.

What should be expected after vaccination? Are there any side effects?

Medical studies show that the HPV vaccines are very safe. A person’s skin might be sore, red, itchy, or swollen at the injection site. Some people may get a fever, headache, nausea, or dizziness after getting the shot.

Is a Pap test or HPV test needed before getting vaccinated?

No. Pap or HPV tests are not needed before HPV vaccination. At age 21, however, women should begin getting Pap tests, even if they have been vaccinated.

If a woman gets vaccinated, can she stop getting Pap and HPV tests?

No. She should continue to have regular screening tests. The vaccines don’t protect against all types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. Also, some people may not get full protection against the specific types of HPV the vaccines are designed to prevent—for instance, if they’ve already been exposed to HPV or haven’t had all three shots.

How long does HPV vaccination last?

Currently, it appears that the vaccines protect against HPV for at least 6 years. Studies suggest that the vaccines are effective at providing long-lasting protection. Additional studies need to be done to see how long vaccinated people remain immune and whether booster shots are needed.

How much do the vaccines cost?

Each shot costs about Rs 2800 to Rs 3000, for a total of around Rs 8400 to Rs 9900 for the series depending on which brand of vaccine one chooses. Some providers also will charge a fee to administer the shots.

Source: https://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Patient-Resources/Fact-Sheets/Understanding-HPV-Vaccine

So, equip yourself by getting immunized right away. Vaccination is available and prevention is the wisest option. Take charge, love yourself, and get the Cervical Cancer Vaccination as soon as possible.

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