Vaccines are in the news.
As the world races to develop one for the novel coronavirus, understanding the role vaccines play has never been more important.
Vaccine preventable diseases include Cervical Cancer which is caused by the HPV virus. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in Nigeria.
It is important to know that the HPV vaccine is to prevent infection by certain types of the (HPV) human papillomavirus. The vaccine does not treat.
The HPV vaccine is most effective if administered before a female becomes sexually active
Cervical screening tests take priority for older women (sexually active women) and this should be done regularly. This is an effective way for women, vaccinated or not, to reduce their risk of cervical cancer: getting routine cervical screening tests.