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Human papilloma virus vaccination. Should it be made more widely available?

Respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor

A medical issue with an important ethical component attached is whether vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) should be made more widely available or not (read more about this bioethical controversy HERE). , starting from the basis that at all times one must respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor. There are more than 500,000 cases of HPV infection worldwide, and more than 250,000 deaths due to this virus. HPV infection causes various types of cancer, with cervical cancer being responsible for many cases of female cancer (Journal of Clinical Investigation 126; 5-11, 2016). Since virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, these figures must undoubtedly must be taken into consideration when assessing the ethicality of HPV vaccination.

 

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