Delhi launches country’s first HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools
Delhi has become the first state (UT) in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.
The vaccination programme will be completed in the current academic year 2015-16 over two phases. In the first year, girls studying in Class VI in government schools will be targeted and in the next year girls between the age of 9 and 13 will be targeted.
In the first phase of the vaccination programme, 1 to 1.5 lakh school girls will be targeted and later this initiative will be expanded to the private schools.
About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family which is mainly a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. The infection can be prevented through routine screening and vaccines that are safe and effective.