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HPV Vaccine in Malaysia

Govt offers cervical cancer vaccine for girls from 2010 by Karen Arukesamy

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25, 2009): The government will provide all 13-year-old girls three doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent crevical cancer from next year onwards.

“The Cabinet has accepted and approved the Health Ministry’s proposal to provide the HPV vaccines, which is 98% effective in preventing cervical cancer for all Form One students,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told a press conference today.

Also present was Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who is also the MCA Wanita chief, chairman of corporate social responsibility committee of the Obstetrical & Gynecological Society Dr R Gunasegaran, and director of Lim Foo Yong Holdings O. B. Lim.

“This programme will cost the government RM150million for 300,000 girls per year and will be done for all form one batch students annually,” he said after officiating the MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) mobile clinic and cervical cancer and health awareness campaign here at Wisma MCA.

The programme will most probably be conducted in schools for Form One students in the stages. After the first dose, the second dose will be given after a lapse of two or three months and after six months for the third dose.

“All 13-year-old girls in Malaysia will obtain it regardless whether they are from the public schools or private schools,” Liow said, in response to a question.

He said the HPV vaccine that will be provided is for HPV type 16 and 18, the more common types of HPV amongst Malaysian women.

Liow said it has been proven that the HPV vaccine had reduced cervical cancer by 70%.

“The vaccine is already available in the private sector for RM1,200 for three doses but today the CRSM team is providing the vaccine at about 40%-45% lower price compared to market price.”

He said the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ’s study in 2007 showed that the government spends RM382 million for cervical cancer treatment a year.

“In contrast, providing the vaccine will only cost RM150 million a year to prevent cervical cancer. Thus the best way would be to choose a cost effective method and prevent the cancer instead of spending more to cure it,” Liow explained.

He said the Health Ministry will continue to negotiate with the vaccine manufacturer to reduce the vaccine price, however added that it could only be done with mass purchasing scale.

Liow said the government will do the mass purchase from next year onwards when the vaccines will be provided for the form one students.

“We hope to be able to negotiate a reduction to about RM500 per person for three doses of HPV vaccine instead of the current RM1,200,” he said.

Liow reminded that although the vaccines are available and the government is looking at ways to reduce the price, Pap Smear tests must be continued as these are the two best preventive steps for cervical cancer, the second most dangerous and frequent disease for women after breast cancer.

He urged all women and girls aged between nine and 26 to obtain the vaccine and women above 25 should take the Pap Smear test every three years.

“The cervical cancer incidents in the country is 16.1 for every 100,000 women, which means close to 2,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the country,” he said in his speech, adding that it is very high compared to developed countries like United States and Australia.

Another peculiar findings of cervical cancer in Malaysia , Liow said, is that women from the Chinese ethic group are at higher risk with a rate of 23.2 for every 100,000 women, compared to 16.4 in ethnic Indian women and 8.2 in ethnic Malay women.

“I have asked for a specific study to be done to find out the reason for such an occurrence,” he said.

16 Responses to “HPV Vaccine in Malaysia”

  1. For Malaysian parents who still believe that HPV vaccines are harmless and beneficial for their daughters, I suggest you click on HPV vaccine at

    Here’s the first on the list:

    The HPV Vaccine: Preventive Care or Human Sacrifice?
    Posted by: Dr. Mercola
    May 10 2008 | 82,848 views

    Reports of adverse reactions to the new HPV vaccine Gardasil are escalating. One particularly heart-wrenching example is the story of 12-year-old Brittany who lost all feeling in her leg and collapsed two weeks after receiving the Gardasil vaccine.

    Adding insult to injury, people who are injured by the vaccine cannot even sue Merck, the maker of the Gardasil vaccine, because it is part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund.

    While the FDA claims adverse reactions to Gardasil are rare, a review of the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) data shows that several thousands of adverse reactions have been reported in the United States alone. And hundreds of Australian girls have experienced side effects like paralysis, dizzy spells and seizures, but Australia‘s Department of Health and Ageing refuses to release any details.

    Further, The European Medicines Agency reported that two women died not long after they received the vaccine, one in Austria and one in Germany. The Financial Times also reported that there have been 11 deaths and a wide array of other adverse reactions, including:
    Bells Palsy
    Guillan-Barre syndrome
    Blood clotting and heart problems
    Miscarriages and fetal abnormalities amongst pregnant women who received the vaccine


    Three Girls Died, Others Hospitalized, After HPV Vaccine

    14 Jun 2007 … I would like to bring to your attention an article with an alternative point of view on this issue. It is not specific to HPV vaccine, ……/Three-Girls-Died-Others-Hospitalized-After-HPV-Vaccine.aspx -Cached – Similar

    Thousands Have Gotten Sick from Gardasil HPV Vaccine

    And the irony is that even after receiving the vaccine you can still get cervical cancer.…/thousands-have-gotten-sick-from-gardasil-hpv-vaccine.aspx –

    Prominent Scientist Warns of HPV Vaccine Dangers

    25 Oct 2008 … Could Gardasil’s battle cry “One Less” be a cruel play on words?…/prominent-scientist-warns-of-hpv-vaccine-dangers.aspx -Cached – Similar

  2. Come on, please at least cite a scientific paper before you start making unfounded comments about HPV vaccine. You must be one of those who seriously believe in quacks so deeply or otherwise you have be a chauvinistic man. I guess you are also against MMR vaccine which was once thought by some quacks to cause autism. Each vaccine before been marketed has undergone rigorous scientific trials so that it is safe to be administered to the public. It is undoubtedly known that injection of all live vaccines (including any of those immunization which you have taken in your lifetime) will cause serious adverse effects e.g. Gullaine Barre, Bell’s palsy etc but these figures are very miniscule, those in the denomination of millions, and the incidence of such events is similar to that even if you do not receive the vaccination. Please kindly consult a real professonal and not someone from the net before you decide to post some unsubstantiated remarks which disgust me of your ignorance.

    • People like you that disgust me.

      This is nothing more than an advertisement or politician giving you candy (false promises) to steal your vote, money, health, etc.

      Today medicine is not all about making you healthy, it is all about making more money by introducing useless vaccine and drugs which will cause you to the get other type of cancer/disease, hence repetitive customer/patients… ka ching!

      To believe the vaccine work efficiently is as best as believing the commercial on TV is all truth.

  3. This info is really good.. Thanks

  4. wer 2 get n hw much is the vaccine?

  5. which govement hospital can i get hpv vaccine?

  6. please know that the government is using cervarix not gardasil and the difference between the 2 include the price and coverage. cervarix cover hpv 16,18. gardasil 6,11,16,18 (6,11 is for genital warts – good for preventing anal/genital wart as well on top of the cervical cancer)

  7. anyone can tell me what brand of vaccine they are using for the students and the duration of effectiveness? A link to the source would be helpful too! TQ in advance.

  8. where can get hpv injection at selangor?

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  13. where i can get HPV vacine in seremban for free ?

  14. as far i m concern cervical cancer is a life saving. how many cancers have vaccine.human always complain no cure for this and that but when vaccine developed people complain its not safe.typicall un grateful and uneducated people. forget bout dying from vaccine we can die from an accident so are you gonna stop driving. think

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