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Opposition calls for public education campaign on HPV vaccines

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 9:26 AM

The Opposition Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Dayton Campbell is calling for the urgent implementation of a public education programme ahead of the administering of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

According to Campbell, the vaccine has been linked to fainting spells and other side effects, and may not be best administered in the school environment without appropriate measures in place for monitoring.

The Shadow Minister said while the programme may be beneficial in the short and long term as there will likely be less adverse findings on pap smears and fewer cases of cancers, the lack of proper public health education would leave many Jamaicans confused and give cause to heightened anxiety.

The newly appointed People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman on health also says there is a need for a comprehensive public health education programme to re-enforce the message that abstinence and safe sex practices are the mainstay in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.