How can a vaccine prevent cancer?
Some cancers are caused by infections. You can protect yourself against contracting these infections by taking vaccines.
Which cancers can be prevented by taking vaccines?
Liver cancer is closely associated with the hepatitis B infection.
- This viral infection is transmitted through sexual contact, exposure to infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy or delivery.
- The Hepatitis B vaccine during early childhood can prevent 95% of adulthood hepatitis B infections and prevent the development of liver cancer in most cases.
- Hepatitis B vaccines are administered via intramuscular injections. Three doses are required and an individual may receive the vaccine at any age.
Cervical cancer can also be prevented by taking the Gardasil vaccine.
- The Gardasil vaccine protects against the HPV virus, which causes 70% of cervical cancers.
Who to call
For more information on vaccinations, please call the Early Detection Clinic at (06) 53 00 460 ext 2317.