Human papillomavirus vaccination: experts' recommendations
At its November 2008 meeting, WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization recommended the inclusion of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in national immunization programmes, provided that prevention of cervical cancer and/or other HPV-related diseases constitutes a public health priority, vaccine introduction is programmatically feasible, sustainable financing can be secured, and the cost-effectiveness of vaccination strategies in the country or region be considered.
Other issues discussed included measles immunization and hepatitis B control. With regard to measles, the Group concluded that all children should receive two doses of measles vaccine. Delivery of the second dose can either be through routine services or campaigns, depending on which method achieves the higher coverage. In relation to hepatitis B, members strongly recommended that all regions develop goals for hepatitis B control.