Female cancers: France lagging behind Europe in terms of vaccination

Posted Apr 29, 2022, 7:15 AMUpdated on Apr 29, 2022 at 7:18 am

Despite the frequency of cervical cancers, France lags behind in vaccination against female cancers caused by human papillomaviruses (HPV). According to the latest Public Health France report carried out during European Vaccination Week from April 25 to May 1, 2022, only 37.4% of 16-year-old girls had a complete vaccination schedule, with two doses, while the objective set by the National Cancer Institute is 80%, boys and girls, vaccinated against HPV by 2030.

The figures are up compared to 2020, but this remains a minority of adolescent girls. Since January 1, 2021, vaccination against HPV infections has also been recommended for young boys aged 11 to 14 (with possible catch-up vaccination from 15 to 19 years old). But by the end of 2021, only 6% of 15-year-old boys had received a dose of HPV vaccine.

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