Vaccination plan call in NI for virus linked to cancers
A universal vaccination programme to tackle a virus that causes at least 5% of human cancers should be introduced in Northern Ireland, experts have said.
The experts were speaking during a meeting at Stormont that led to the creation of a new group - which includes medical professionals, academics and politicians - who aim to develop a HPV universal vaccination strategy.
A vaccination programme is in place for cervical cancer, however Human papilloma viruses - known as HPV - is linked to other cancers including head and neck cancer and anal cancer.
HPV is also a major contributory factor to sexually transmitted disease.
DUP MLA Paula Bradley a cervical cancer survivor, said: "I am passionate about this initiative. Universal vaccination is a win-win situation."
Dr Gillian Prue, from Queen's University Belfast, said: "Introducing a universal vaccination strategy in Northern Ireland makes sense as it will lead to improved survival rates and a better quality of life."