Video Player Close BEIJING, April 30 (Xinhua) -- China will introduce a pilot program to promote the inoculation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and improve the rate and quality of cervical cancer screening nationwide this year, according to a health official. The National Health Commission (NHC) is working to enhance measures for the tertiary prevention of cervical cancer to protect women's health, said NHC official Song Li. Song said that China implemented a cervical cancer screening program in major national public health services in 2009. More than 120 million cervical cancer examinations have been conducted free of charge across the nation, Song added. Enditem … [Read more...] about China to launch pilot program to promote HPV vaccination
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"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?
All six drive-thru mass vaccination sites in Colorado are now taking walk-ins as the state tries to boost flagging demand for shots and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise. About one-third of Coloradans are fully vaccinated, and state officials said data is increasingly showing the inoculations are effective at slowing the virus’ spread. But the number of people receiving the shots each week has fallen since early April. Gov. Jared Polis attributed the drop-off to people taking a wait-and-see approach, or not wanting to deal with the perceived hassle of getting an appointment. While the number of people who wanted to get vaccinated initially exceeded the number of appointments available, that’s changed in recent weeks. “The people that really wanted it have gotten it,” Polis said during a briefing Tuesday. “It’s not a resistance to vaccines issue. It’s a hesitancy or laziness issue.” There are still disparities in who has gotten the vaccine, with Black and … [Read more...] about All Colorado mass vaccination sites to take walk-ins in bid to boost flagging demand for shots
Maternity safety officers will be appointed to hospitals nationwide to monitor women’s experiences and report back to the Government. Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall, who confirmed the move, said the Government is also committed to introducing primary HPV testing, but that it would need to be done very “sequentially and carefully” in order to make sure the programme is safe. HPV immunisation rates are currently lagging well behind the national target. In an interview with Stuff about the urgent issues facing women’s health, Verrall acknowledged there are “acute” issues with maternity care and said she was immediately funding the appointment of a maternity safety officer to every District Health Board. “It will be through the deliberate, persistent and painstaking effort of people tasked with improving quality in DHBs that will improve outcomes for women. And I make no apologies for having quite a forensic approach to that, rather than issuing grand statements and … [Read more...] about Maternity safety officers to be appointed to DHBs – Ayesha Verrall
RNZ Māori doctors are urging the Ministry of Health to reconsider postponing a self-swabbing cervical cancer programme they say is more effective, less invasive and more affordable. (First published in August 2020) Self-swabbing is urgently needed in order to save lives after 50,000 cervical smears were missed during lockdown, experts say. Top GP Dr Rāwiri Jansen called for home testing to be implemented now and feared “we will have lives lost” from the backlog of diagnosis. Cervical cancer is caused by some strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). About 160 women develop cervical cancer each year and about 50 die from it. The move from smear tests to better HPV -based screening, which women can do at home, was first promised in 2017 but won’t be considered for funding until later this year . Attempts to get the programme funded in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020 were rejected . READ MORE: For an increasing number of women, the first line of defence against … [Read more...] about Experts want home tests for cervical cancer brought in immediately after 50,000 smears missed over lockdown