UNDERSTANDABLE… Romania is the country on the last place of all European rankings, in medical prevention. Every year, almost 2,000 women die in our country due to cervical cancer, a preventable disease. Last year, in Vaslui County alone, 22 deaths were registered due to this terrible disease.
Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer in women worldwide and the leading cause of death in women aged 15-45. Romania is the country in the European Union with the highest incidence and mortality caused by cervical cancer, caused in proportion of 99% by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection. In 2021, 48 new cases of people with cervical cancer and 22 deaths due to this disease were registered in Vaslui County, and at the end of 2021, 919 cases remained in evidence. The representatives of the Vaslui Public Health Directorate talk about the importance of preventing this disease, which can be done with a single vaccine. “We remind the population that HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent cervical cancer, so the age group has been expanded so that more people who may be at higher risk for HPV infection can get the vaccine. free of charge.
The decision to expand the age group took into account the recommendations of the Epidemiology and Oncology commissions within the Ministry of Health, as well as the specialists within the National Institute of Public Health. Free HPV vaccination is given to eligible people (girls between the ages of 11 and 18), based on requests from parents / legal representatives who send applications to family doctors. Vaccination is done for prophylactic purposes, ie it is used to prevent infection. The vaccine does not cure cervical cancer, it cannot cure an HPV infection that has already occurred. The vaccine can be given, regardless of whether or not the sexual life has begun. It is best for females to be vaccinated against HPV from the age of 11 so that they can be protected before starting their sexual life. It is recommended that the vaccine be given between the ages of 11 and 26 years, as it has been shown that the body’s immune response to the administration of the vaccine is higher between the ages of 11 and 15, and people between the ages of 15 and 26 are the most exposed to HPV through sexual activity. The vaccine is given on the recommendation of family doctors or gynecologists, infectious disease doctors or pediatricians. “