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Stephen Peckham and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421029

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.001.0001

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Avoiding mixed messages: HPV vaccines and the ‘cure’ for cervical cancer

Avoiding mixed messages: HPV vaccines and the ‘cure’ for cervical cancer

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(p.155) TEN Avoiding mixed messages: HPV vaccines and the ‘cure’ for cervical cancer
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Public health ethics and practice
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Alison Hann

Stephen Peckham

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0010

This chapter examines the evidence base for the policy of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for the prevention of cervical cancer. It addresses the ethical dilemmas associated with mass HPV immunisation within the current context of cervical cancer prevention programmes. It suggests that the way in which information about HPV vaccination is communicated to the public may have serious consequences for the screening programme and this could be counterproductive.

Keywords:   HPV vaccination, cervical cancer, immunisation programme, screening programme, ethical dilemmas

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