Kenya has joined several countries in administering the HPV (Human PapillomaVirus) vaccine to young girls to reduce the risk of suffering from cervical cancer later in life.
HPV is sexually transmitted and the symptoms do not show immediately.
Much has been said about the vaccine but the truth is worth to know. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other medical societies, here are the facts you ought to know about HPV Vaccine;
1. The vaccine is effective for cancer prevention
Administration of HPV vaccine has been found to reduce abnormalities of cervical cells which are literally triggers of cervical cancer. For effective results, the vaccine should be administered before the person is exposed to the virus.
Over the last few weeks, the government rolled out a spirited vaccine campaign drive for all girls below 10 years in the effort to fight cervical cancer.
2. Both boys and girls can be vaccinated
The vaccine is not only for women but for men as well. Men should also be vaccinated because the virus can affect the anus, penis, throat and mouth. Administering the vaccine reduces the spread of HPV and other related infections.
3. The HPV vaccine is safe
This vaccine has been found to be safe for human use. Just like other vaccines which exhibit some side effects, the HPV vaccine is no exception as one might experience swelling of the injection area, pain and redness.