01 November 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about the HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against HPV infection and HPV-related cancers. By understanding the facts about vaccinating your children, you contribute to a healthier future for the next generation.   If you have more questions or concerns about the HPV vaccine, talk to your doctor. , Frequently Asked Questions, Who should get the HPV vaccine?, The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls aged 9-14. Catch-up vaccination is available for girls and young women up to age 26 who were not previously vaccinated., Are there any side effects?, Like all vaccines, the HPV vaccine can have side effects, but they are usually mild, such as soreness at the injection site, fever, or dizziness. Severe side effects are extremely rare., Is the HPV vaccine effective?, Yes, the HPV vaccine is highly effective in preventing the most common cancer-causing HPV strains. It provides long-lasting protection., When should my child get the vaccine?, It is best to consult with your healthcare provider, but the vaccine is most effective when administered before sexual activity begins, which is why it is recommended for girls aged 9-14., How much does the HPV vaccine cost in Nigeria?, The HPV vaccine is free for girls aged 9-14 years old in Nigeria. It is available at all government health facilities., What is the HPV vaccine schedule in Nigeria?, The HPV vaccine is given in a single dose., Is the HPV vaccine safe for girls with HIV?, Yes, the HPV vaccine is safe for girls with HIV. In fact, it is especially important for girls with HIV to get the HPV vaccine, because they are at higher risk of developing HPV-related cancers.  , Can I get the HPV vaccine if I am already sexually active?, Yes, you can still get the HPV vaccine even if you are already sexually active. The vaccine will not protect you from HPV infections that you already have, but it can still protect you from future infections. 
01 November 2023

The HPV Vaccine in Nigeria: A Guide for Parents

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that protects against HPV infection. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world, and a leading cause of cervical cancer.   In Nigeria, cervical cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most frequent cause of cancer deaths among women…, HPV and why the vaccine is important, What is HPV?  HPV is a group of related viruses that can infect the genital area, mouth, and throat. It is transmitted through sexual contact. Most HPV infections do not have any symptoms and clear on their own, but some can lead to serious health issues, including cancer.  Why is the HPV vaccine important?  Cancer Prevention: HPV vaccines can…, Myths and Misconceptions About HPV Vaccines, Myth 1: The HPV vaccine promotes early sexual activity, Fact: Studies have shown no link between the HPV vaccine and an increase in sexual activity. The vaccine is designed to prevent a potentially serious infection, and its primary aim is to protect health. , Myth 2: The HPV vaccine is not safe, Fact: The HPV vaccine has been extensively tested for safety and efficacy. It undergoes rigorous clinical trials before approval, and it is continually monitored for safety. , Myth 3: Natural immunity is better, Fact: Natural immunity may not provide adequate protection against all HPV strains. The vaccine is designed to provide stronger and more comprehensive immunity., Myth 4: The HPV vaccine causes infertility., Fact: There is no evidence to support this claim. The HPV vaccine has been studied extensively, and there is no link between infertility and the vaccine. , Taking Action, Schedule a Visit:  If you have a daughter between the ages of 9-14, schedule a visit to a Primary Healthcare Centre near you, to discuss the HPV vaccine. A healthcare provider will address any concerns you may have and provide guidance on the vaccination schedule.  Educate Others:  Share this guide with other parents, friends, and family members…, Tips for Parents, Talk to your daughter about the HPV vaccine and why it is important.  Answer any questions she may have about the vaccine.  Take your daughter to get the HPV vaccine at a government health facility.  The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against HPV infection and HPV-related cancers. By understanding the facts about vaccinating…