Klaipėda people are not in a hurry to vaccinate their daughters against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer – less than half of the age of nine year old girls are vaccinated. Mothers do not hesitate with the vaccine recently, but doctors claim that the price of these dangers is extremely expensive.
Get away from long-term research
According to the Klaipėda Department of the National Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health, nearly 2,300 girls have been vaccinated in Klaipėda County for more than two years and have been vaccinated against human papillomavirus in over 980 days in Klaipėda.
At first sight, it seems that the number of vaccines has not been so low, but after reviewing age statistics in Klaipėda, it is clear that there could be many more girls who have been vaccinated.
This vaccine is, for the most part, free girls for 11 years.
Ten-year-old daughters do not hesitate to ask if they deserve the vaccine. In their opinion, the vaccine against human papillomavirus is still quite young, so it is not clear how the body will react to the vaccine after 10 or 20 years.
Or maybe this vaccine will "activate" another oncology mechanism of the disease? Moreover, it is necessary to hear and controversial assessments from the lips of medical staff. Mothers interested in taste buds lose their long-term vaccination test.
Some mothers think that if they had grown without these vaccines and did not figure out why they should be vaccinated with their baby?
He won the Nobel Prize
Mothers who doubt the vaccine have never been exposed to oncological diseases.
"Mothers who interviewed the vaccine were unlikely to have had an oncological disease that they did not burn in their family or relatives, so it is difficult for them to assess the importance of the vaccine," said Jovita Kaunaite, a gynecologist at the Day Clinic of the Klaipėda Hospital.
The physician recalled that a scientist who found that human papillomavirus caused cervical cancer received the Nobel Prize 10 years ago. It was a coup in the treatment of a significant number of women in cervical cancer.
According to J. Kaunaitė, if mothers knew how they are treated for this disease, how they suffer, they certainly do not doubt the benefits of the vaccine.
What do sick people say?
Every year, up to 300 women die in Lithuania of cervical cancer. This figure would be significantly lower if precancerous and cancerous cases were detected earlier.
The doctor asks mothers who doubt to talk to women who are affected by this disease and ask them if they will vaccinate their daughters and grandchildren.
"Yes, cervical cancer is not vaccinated long ago, but every side effect is recorded carefully, there is no deception in the eye, complications are not different from other vaccines, which are more local reactions: redness of the skin , swelling. – An obstetrician gynecologist remembers worried mothers because of relatively recent vaccinations.
J. Kaunaitė explained that HPV viruses are over 200, but cervical cancer is caused only by certain high-risk viruses that protect the vaccine.
The treatment is long and disturbing
According to J. Kaunaitė, primary care centers are more prophylactic, the day surgery center is more often confronted with the consequences of illnesses – already ill patients.
When cervical cancer is detected, if not yet advanced, surgery is usually required. It's about how far the cervix can be removed.
However, in most cases, the disease is detected in later stages, and operations are much more complicated. A woman is traumatic both physically and emotionally. They suffer much pain.
In most cases, only surgery is not enough, chemotherapy awaits sick patients – a long and disturbing treatment that affects the quality of life of women.
Recently, there is a tendency for cervical cancer to affect younger women – an average of about 45-50 years.
The sooner, the better
There are patients who are also asked by the Center for Daily Surgery for Cervical Cancer Vaccines.
The vaccine is recommended for women of all ages, but at the older age, the vaccine will not be as effective as for girls who have not had a sexual act. The study shows that at younger age, the greater the immune response – the body is better in fighting the virus that enters the body. For this reason, it is recommended to have 11 year old girls, "explained J. Kaunaitė.
According to the doctor, vaccines against cervical cancer should be educated by primary care providers – family doctors. However, he regretted that colleagues could not focus on prophylaxis because of the high volume of work.
"Can sex education be involved in schools, school nurses?" – suggested obstetrician gynecologist.
The vaccine has an effect
Elvina Juknienė, Chief Specialist of the Department of Infectious Disease Management of the Klaipeda Department of the National Public Health Center, asked to share information about free girls vaccination, said she could not yet assess the situation.
"Beginning September 1, 2016, as of September 1, 2016, a 11-year-old girl free from a human papillomavirus infection, the number of vaccinations is estimated only for 2017," she explained.