Cervical Cancer Vaccination

Cervical cancer vaccination medically proven to be safe.

Kase made the appeal today (March 4, 2017) while brushing aside false social media alarms about bad effects of the vaccination.

Some people might have mild side effects when they get the vaccine such as pain, redness or swelling at the site of the injection…that usually pass quickly, according to the Health Secretary.

“More severe side effects such as anaphylactic (allergic) reaction are extremely rare. They normally only happen if you’re allergic to an ingredient in the vaccine,” he said.

Cervical cancer vaccine myths busted

Facilitated by the PNG Cancer Foundation, the workshop focused mainly on myths and facts around the HPV Vaccine.

This was presented by HPV technical advisor Dr. Julie Stinshoff using a powerpoint to point out the myths and backing it up with facts of the HPV Vaccine.

MYTH: The vaccine wasn't properly tested and hasn't been proven to prevent HPV-related cancers

FACT: In initial clinical trials, the vaccine was given to 20,000 women aged 16–26 years in 33 countries including Australia, before it was approved for widespread use.

Workshop to assess latest in HPV vaccine

Launched on March 10 by the National Department of Health in partnership with the Department of Education and the Rotary Club of Boroko, the first workshop took place earlier this month.

The first workshop was hosted by the PNG Cancer Foundation on Friday, March 17 with the aim to assist with answers to questions that may arise from the public about the cervical cancer vaccine.

National coordinator HPV vaccination program, Dr Edward Waramin encouraged girls to get immunized as cervical cancer is the only cancer that can be prevented through a vaccine.