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Status on the coverage of the HPV vaccination programme

Considerably more HPV vaccinations are given now than in the corresponding period last year.

In the course of the past 3 months, a total of approx. 4,200 vaccines have been administered monthly, compared with 2,200 monthly vaccines in the corresponding months of 2016. Thus, the vaccination coverage for HPV1 for birth cohorts 2003 and 2004 is increasing, corresponding to approx. 3-4 percentage points since the previous report from May 2017.

The calculation model for “HPV vaccination concluded” has now been changed so that the time between the two doses is determined in days, and also the minimum and maximum interval between the two doses is now allowed to deviate by up to four days from the recommended period, as recognised internationally.

This is so because a relatively large number of the girls who had received two doses of HPV vaccine had not been registered as having concluded their vaccination. This occurred, among others, because the two doses were given at incorrect intervals, or because different vaccination products were used. This change has brought an 11 and a 16 percentage point increase for birth cohorts 2002 and 2003, respectively, leaving the coverage at 54% and 29%, respectively. This is, however, considerably lower than the nearly 80% coverage recorded for the birth cohorts from 1997 to 2000.

For more information, please see EPI-NEWS 25/17.

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