If you are a single Malaysian woman who was born between 1991 and 1996, then you are eligible to sign up for the vaccination programme in any Klinik Nur Sejahtera LPPKN nationwide. Usually the cost of HPV vaccination can be up to RM700 in private clinics, but if you still haven’t got your shot, why not do it for free!
The National Population and Family Board (LPPKN) announced that the 2018 edition is now available. Check out if you are eligible for the programme down below:
1. Born in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, or 1996;
2. Not married / has never been married before; and
3. Not pregnant nor have severe allergies or serious diseases that require immediate medical attention
4. Malaysian citizens or a permanent residents of Malaysia
For all the married or single ladies who are born before 1991, you can still get vaccinated at RM540 for the entire course of vaccines (RM180 per shot).
However, the free vaccines are only allocated for 27,000 women on a first come, first served basis. Each clinic also has its own stock quota of vaccines. So better hurry while stock lasts.
Unsure of how HPV vaccination can help you? Here’s some information that you need to know –
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is so common that nearly all men and women (at least one in 10) will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. In order to combat that, HPV vaccine protects both men and women against cancers caused by high-risk HPV infections, such as:
1. Cervical cancer – virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV;
2. Anal cancer – about 95% of anal cancers are caused by HPV; and
3. Oropharyngeal cancers i.e. cancers of the middle part of the throat, including the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils; about 70% are caused by HPV.
HPV is transmitted via intimate sexual contact and most people are unaware that they are infected simply because there are no symptoms nor health problems.
Like the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. Make sure to share this with your female friends who are eligible for LPPKN’s free HPV vaccination programme this year. For the men, you can also take the vaccine although tests would not show if you have HPV or not.
Since the only to find out if you have HPV if you’re a man is through it showing up in your partner’s test (which is highly undesirable for everyone), it’s best to get vaccinated. Young adults who have yet to get vaccinated are encouraged to do so through age 26 for young women and 21 for young men.
So unfair that HPV is undetectable in males. HPV is a ghost that lives inside men’s bodies, and then says BOO in women’s bodies.
— Ali Wong (@aliwong) June 12, 2014
Also, before you head out and get your shot, there’s a few things for you to note:
1. You may be required to pay RM15 for a quick medical check-up at the clinic.
2. You will receive three shots of the HPV vaccine within a span of six months i.e. the first and second shot will be a month apart from each other, while the third and last shot is to be received half a year after the first. You should receive an appointment card indicating the date you should receive your subsequent shots.
3. You should not get pregnant within a year after receiving the vaccination.
4. The vaccination service is only available on certain days within a certain timeframe which may differ between branches. Please contact your nearest Klinik Nur Sejahtera for more info.
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