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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-118

HPV vaccination program: Hurdles and challenges in a tertiary care center!

1 Department of Gynecological Oncology, SCI, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, SCI, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, SCI, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India

Correspondence Address:
Sangeeta Pankaj
IGIMS, Patna, Bihar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jigims.jigims_22_21

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Introduction: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide, infecting three of four individuals at least once in their lifetime. The virus exists in more than 200 morphogenic strains, and some of these variants are oncogenic. HPV is detected in virtually all cases of cervical carcinoma. HPV vaccination against high-risk HPV types is expected to reduce the burden of cervical cancer, but for this, it has to overcome a lot of obstacles and challenges in its way. Materials and Methods: In May 2018, HPV immunization program was started in the Department of Gynecology Oncology, IGIMS, PATNA – a tertiary care center of Bihar for daughters of hospital employees and their relatives of age group 9–26 years of age. A total of 60 girls got vaccinated under this program. Results: About 80% of the parents who got their daughters vaccinated in the study were aware of cervical cancer, but they lacked knowledge about HPV – the causative agent of cervical cancer. About 50% of them were not aware of existence of any vaccine against it. Young adolescent girls were not aware of this vaccine either. Conclusion: Three-dose schedule was a major barrier to the delivery and uptake of the HPV vaccine. Had a single dose of HPV vaccine been effective that would have been important logistics advancement. Lack of knowledge about vaccine is a problem that leads to low vaccination coverage.

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