Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health will encourage the implementation of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program to prevent cervical cancer in Indonesia, with a specific focus on 5th grade female students. and 6th grades of elementary schools.
“The HPV vaccination will be given to elementary school students in grades 5 and 6 in two doses,” Acting Director of Immunization Management at the Ministry of Health, Prima Yosephine, said Monday at the seminar. of World Immunization Week 2022.
Yosephine noted that the provision of the HPV vaccine took place simultaneously with the School Children Immunization Month (BIAS) program which is held regularly in August and November each year.
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HPV vaccination has started in two provinces and five districts and cities in Indonesia since 2021 and has been expanded to three provinces and five districts and cities this year. The Ministry of Health aims to administer this vaccination against cervical cancer nationwide during the period 2023-2024.
In order to achieve this goal, the ministry had facilitated HPV vaccination training in stages from the health unit to the community health center (Puskesmas) in each area.
“The training has started in Bali and Jakarta province. We will also expand it to other cities and districts,” she remarked.
In addition to training in technical skills as vaccinators, attendees also learned about efforts to prevent HPV-related hoaxes, she revealed.
“People actually had a good knowledge of this disease. However, there were still widespread hoaxes,” she pointed out.
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One of the pranks related to HPV vaccination is the side effect that can trigger infertility.
“We have provided guidelines regarding this hoax,” Yosephine said.
Earlier, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin pointed out that HPV vaccination is an additional compulsory vaccine in Indonesia in the cancer prevention program.
“We will increase our mandatory vaccines, from 11 antigens to 14. We will add vaccines against HPV, PCV and Rotavirus, especially since cancer mortality is quite high among Indonesian women suffering from cervical cancer uterus and breast,” Sadikin noted at the America & Europe Meeting on Indonesian Diaspora Health.
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