Communication of vaccination rates and the benefits associated with a supported vaccination program appear to me to be clear and undisputable. Take for example a recent discussion on the ABC program, The World Today, regarding the positive data showing reduced rates of genital warts due to HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination. Dr Basil Donovan, a world expert on sexual health, discussed how, through analysis of patients from eight large healthcare facilities around NSW, a significant decline in genital warts was observed. Since the vaccine was made available free to young Australian women in 2007 a decline of 60% has been observed. Clear and concise data like this is easy to understand and the benefits are clear, let’s hope the results are similar for the reduction in the rate of cervical cancer.
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