Flemish girls will have the opportunity to get vaccinated in the first year of their secondary education. In September, they will receive a leaflet explaining them about the risks of cervical cancer and how to prevent it. Later, they will have the chance to get a vaccination if they want to. There will be done free of charge at the school or by their personal GP.
Until now, patients could get a federal refund for the vaccination, but this was not a success. "In the age category of 12 to 15 years, some 40 percent of the girls has been vaccinated", Marc Arbijn of the Public Health department explains. "We already set up a general vaccination campaign against hepatitis B and 90 percent of the pupils responded positively. We estimate that this will also be the case with this vaccine."
Girls receiving the vaccine before the first sexual contact, enjoy a 70 percent protection against cervical cancer.