The Ministry of Health will hold its first Town Hall meeting on October 31 to give people an opportunity to ask questions about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and vaccine used to treat young girls and boys from exposure to the disease becomes. The Ministry said yesterday in a release, it creates the opportunity to ask its questions, to raise its concerns or even suspicions, through a series of statewide town hall meetings.
"These city hall sessions will be held in close and interactive [while there will be] question-and-answer sessions with medical experts in the fields of gynecology and pediatrics," said the sacking. "These town hall sessions encourage people, especially parents and guardians, to be fully informed about the disease and the planned vaccine used in secondary schools across the island," she added.
The first meeting on October 31
Dr. Melody Ennis, Deputy Director of the Family Health Unit at the Ministry; Clive Lai, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Abigail Harrison, a pediatrician and adolescent specialist, will speak at the city hall meeting.
The ministry said a cervical cancer survivor as well as a young girl who has received The vaccine will also deal with the meeting.
The ministry has been working since September to raise awareness of the dangers of HPV and its association with cervical cancer. HPV is a group of about 200 viruses that infect skin tissue.
According to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, HPV is so common that almost every person who is sexually active is affected by HPV at some point in their lives when they do so not to be vaccinated. For this reason, according to the Ministry of Health, it targeted young girls between the ages of nine and 14, who are more likely not yet exposed to the virus.
The HPV vaccine is available to women up to the age of 26 to fight cervical cancer. However, the vaccine is most effective when administered prior to exposure to the virus, which is why HPV vaccine programs are included in many countries around the world as part of the routine immunization program for teenage girls.