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Eur J Cancer. 2009 Oct;45(15):2709-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2009.07.023. Epub 2009 Aug 18.

The current state of introduction of HPV vaccination into national immunisation schedules in Europe: results of the VENICE 2008 survey.

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Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Saint-Maurice, France.


Three surveys have been undertaken in European Union (EU) member states since January 2007, within the European Commission funded Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE) project, to monitor the decision status regarding the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination into national immunisation schedules. A web-based questionnaire was developed and completed online by the 28 countries participating in VENICE. According to the last update (31st December 2008), 15 countries have decided to introduce HPV vaccination into their national immunisation schedule, while another six have started the decision-making process with a recommendation favouring introduction. Varying target populations have been selected by the countries which have introduced vaccination. The number of countries which have made a decision or recommendation has increased from 12 to 21 between October 2007 and December 2008. This survey demonstrates the rapidly evolving nature of HPV vaccine introduction in Europe. A further update should be available in the second half of 2009.

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