MoH asks the public about plans to make HPV mandatory

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection is asking the public’s opinion about its plans to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine into the 2019 National Immunization Calendar as a mandatory vaccine for girls.

The vaccine is a way to protect against multiple strains of the cancer-inducing virus. The MoH says that cervical cancer, caused by in 90% of the cases oncogenic HPV, is the third leading form of cancer among Moldovan women.

Almost every day a woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer in Moldova, and every 2-3 days a woman dies because of the disease.

Earlier this year the MoH announced it was buying 40,000 shots of the 4-valent vaccine Gardasil, manufactured by the American company Merck & Co., to continue the 2019 HPV immunization campaign among girls born in 2009.

The vaccination course consists of two shots spaced no more than 6 months apart. The Ministry said the type of vaccine purchased also protects men.

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