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Girls above 12 years to get jab against Papilloma Virus


Girls above the age of 10 will be given the vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the vaccine will be included in the National Immunisation Programme from July 3. It will be given to schoolgirls starting from grade six.

The Health Ministry has decided to include the vaccine in the programme aiming getting rid of cervical cancer from Sri Lanka.

The spokesman said: “There are two ways of preventing cervical caner. The first and successful method is obtaining the vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The second method is undergoing the cancer screening (PAP Smear Test) regularly.”

Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy Dr. Mahendra Perera said the vaccine would prevent more than 85 percent of cervical cancers in women.

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