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Euro Surveill. 2009 Feb 12;14(6). pii: 19119.

Introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in Sweden.

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The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), Stockholm, Sweden.


The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBH) decided that a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) should be included in the childhood vaccination directive as a nationwide-programme targeting 12-year-old girls from 2010 as a part of the school-health programme. Currently, vaccination of girls 13-18 years of age is covered by the public insurance. In this paper we describe the decision-making process behind the introduction of HPV vaccination in Sweden.

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