MOH, experts debunk rumours about cervical cancer vaccine

Some parents hesitant about vaccination as hoaxes, misinformation are circulated on social media

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Many parents cheered a Ministry of Health (MOH) announcement that Secondary 1 girls in national schools will be offered free vaccination against cervical cancer - but some were disturbed by the move.

The scheme kicks off next month and will be offered on an opt-in basis. The vaccine protects against common human papilloma virus (HPV) strains, which primarily cause cervical cancer but can also cause vulva, vaginal and anal cancers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'MOH, experts debunk rumours about cervical cancer vaccine'. Subscribe