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European centre urges vaccination of girls against HPV

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39472.537697.DB (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:241
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    European governments are being urged to take preventive action against cervical cancer by organising nationwide vaccination programmes for young girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

    The advice from the Stockholm based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) is contained in its latest scientific report, which was released at the European Cervical Cancer Summit in Brussels last week. However, it insists that this is no substitute for screening programmes.

    Johan Giesecke, the ECDPC’s chief scientist, said, “Vaccinating young adolescent girls against HPV is likely to reduce …

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