No negative feed-back in FS over HPV vaccine

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THANDI XABA

Human papillomavirus is facing heavy scrutiny following a mother taking legal action against the Gauteng Departments of Education and Health. This comes after her nine year old daughter was given the cervical cancer vaccine without their consent.

Bloemfontein Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society and registered Pharmacologist Blenn Eagar says there has been no negative feed-back in the province but there are some legal medical steps to be taken before administrating the vaccine.

" Firstly consent must be given by either parent, legal guardian and legal caretaker of the minor. Secondly the patient’s health must be assessed to see if they are fit for the vaccination or not. Thirdly the possible side effects must be explained to patient and guardian about what could happen after being vaccinated and lasly follow up dates must be given to minor and parent or legal guardian," he says.

The campaign to vaccinate all Grade 4 girls against Cervical Cancer and persistent infections was rolled out in Free State in June with follow-ups in October.

Eagar says the HPV vaccines e girls from the age of ten must be injected three times in a period of six months and emergency numbers must be provided should the need to call for medical assistance arise.