It’s European Vaccination Week. In Niort, this Thursday, April 28, the hospital organized a day more specifically focused on the papillomavirus. virus that can cause Cancer like that of cervix. There is a vaccine for girls aged 11 to 14 in a two-dose schedule. A catch-up is possible up to the age of 19 with three doses. And since 2021 this vaccine also for boys. No data on them yet, but in 15-year-old girls, “We’re at about 50% of vaccination with the first dose. It’s clearly not enough.”says Doctor Simon Sunder, head of the infectious diseases unit at Niort Hospital.
There are several reasons, according to the doctor: it is done during puberty, it is not one of the mandatory vaccinations, and then there was the effect vaccination controversies “to the fact that there could be autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis. But it has been clearly demonstrated that this was not the case, there is no greater problem than in the general population”emphasizes Dr. Sunder remembering it “It’s a vaccine that’s taken a step back, we started vaccinating widely since 2007.”.
The papilloma virus is responsible for 6000 cancer cases per year
The papilloma virus is responsible for about 6000 cancers every year in France inclusive 3000 cervical cancer. “We know that cervical cancer is always due to the papillomavirus. That means if everyone was vaccinated against the papillomavirus, we could see cervical cancer go away. So to date. It takes about 20 years for it to develop.” But people who are vaccinated today will be vaccinated against cervical cancer.”says Dr. Sinner. This cancer causes 1000 deaths in France every year.
The boys can have “rare cancers, of the penis, of the throat, of the anus. And then if we get vaccinated, we don’t transmit”.
We must not question everything we have acquired
The vaccines that have never been more topical with the coronavirus. And at the same time we are again talking about certain diseases such as measles. “With the Covid crisis, there are setbacks in vaccinations worldwide. Measles have increased by more than 80%. It is a disease that has not gone away, that only has to reappear, that is very contagious and whose effects can be serious.”.
“Maybe you’re fed up with vaccinations, you can understand it, we want to continue”, notes Dr. Sinner. “But we must not question everything that we have acquired. It is true that in France we have a certain distrust of vaccinations that has diminished in recent years. We must manage to maintain this momentum.”.