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Papillomavirus only 32% of eleven-year-olds completed vaccination

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There are large regional differences in vaccinations of young people. This is the picture that emerged at the conference “Eliminating cervical cancer: balance sheets and prospects two years after the WHO call to action”

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Eliminate all cases of gynecological cancer caused by the papillomavirus by 2030. A goal that can only be achieved by increasing vaccinations against the virus. In Italy, more than 80% of parents know that the papilloma virus can cause some cancers, but vaccination coverage is currently insufficient. For 11-year-old girls (cohort of those born in 2009) nationally, only 32% received the full vaccination cycle. This is the picture that emerged during the conference “Eliminating cervical cancer: balance sheets and prospects two years after the WHO call to action”, at which a discussion took place in Rome between representatives of the national health institutions, the regions, the clinicians and the patient associations.

Regional differences

In addition, the event showed that young people’s immunization rates show strong regional differences, going from the maximum of 61% in the Autonomous Province of Trento to 5% in Friuli Venezia Giulia. For the 2008 cohort, the immunization rate with 2 doses of the vaccine instead was 50% in young girls. Fourth, if it concerns boys, in the cohorts of 2009 and 2008 the percentages are only 26% and 44%.

Goal: Eliminate cervical cancer

In a manifesto signed two years ago, the Umberto Veronesi Foundation, the Italian Federation of Oncological Voluntary Associations, the IncontraDonna Foundation, CittadinanzAttiva, ThinkYoung, the National Youth Council, the Italian League for the Fight against Tumors and ACTO – Alliance against Ovarian Cancer proposed five points of intervention to the government to enable Italy by 2030 to become the European country to eradicate gynecological cancer caused by the papilloma virus. “This is the purpose of the World Health Organization’s call to action,” emphasizes Walter Ricciardi, president of the Mission Board on Cancer. Our country, he added, “has all the credentials to achieve this and vaccination is the first pillar to work on to eradicate cervical cancer in our country as well. Unfortunately, we are still a long way from achieving optimal vaccination rates in the target population that Our National Vaccine Prevention Plan Therefore, it will be necessary to implement as much as possible the prevention interventions available today, i.e. anti-HPV vaccination and screening, to achieve the ambitious goal promoted by WHO”.

Source: TG 24 Sky

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