The first batch of schoolgirls are being given cervical cancer vaccinations here against a virus (human papillomavirus – HPV) which causes cervical cancer. HPV causes around 70% of the cervical cancer cases here in Britain and claims the lives of more than a 1,000 women each year.
Called the Cervarix vaccination, this vacination works by targeting the human papillomavirus. This programme is targeted at all girls up to the age of eighteen.
The jab, which is not compulsory, but it is expected to revolutionise the approach to beating the disease. The vaccine is expensive, it costs around £300 for a full course and will be given in three doses over a six-month period.
Britain truly believes in preventive moves as shown by the adoption of this programme. This is a wise move as it will eventually cost the nation less in term of medical expenditures and more importantly it will save thousands of British women much suffering and pain. Wish more governments around the world would take such a far-sighted approach in disease prevention, it is a commendable move.
May more people be spared the sufferings brought upon by illnesses.