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LPPKN Is Giving Out Free HPV Vaccinations For M'sian Women Born In 1991 To 1996 This Year

Typically, HPV vaccines would cost about RM600 to RM700 if done in private clinics.

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Attention, all single Malaysian ladies born between 1991 and 1996. If you have yet to get your HPV vaccination done, now may be a good time do so... FOR FREE!

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In line with its annual free HPV vaccination programme, the National Population and Family Board (LPPKN) announced that the 2018 edition is now available for unmarried women born in 1991 to 1996 (22 to 27 years of age in 2018), as long as they are Malaysian citizens or a permanent residents of Malaysia.

You can sign up for the vaccination programme in any Klinik Nur Sejahtera LPPKN nationwide.

Typically, HPV vaccines would cost about RM600 to RM700 if done in private clinics.

To be eligible for the programme, you'd have to fulfil the following criteria:

1. Born in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, or 1996;
2. Not married / has never been married before; and
3. Not pregnant nor have severe allergies or serious diseases that require immediate medical attention.

If you're already married or are born before 1991, you can still get vaccinated at RM540 for the entire course of vaccines (RM180 per shot).

Some important things to note:
- You may be required to pay RM15 for a quick medical check-up at the clinic.
- You will receive three shots of the HPV vaccine within a span of six months i.e. the first and second shot will be a month apart from each other, while the third and last shot is to be received half a year after the first. You should receive an appointment card indicating the date you should receive your subsequent shots.
- You should not get pregnant within a year after receiving the vaccination.
- The vaccination service is only available on certain days within a certain timeframe which may differ between branches. Please contact your nearest Klinik Nur Sejahtera for more info.
- Wear decent, modest clothing. It is, after all, a government-backed clinic.

This time around, however, the free vaccines are only allocated for 27,000 women on a first come, first served basis. Each clinic also has its own stock quota of vaccines.

To avoid disappointment, do call up your nearest Klinik Nur Sejahtera to check on stock availability as well as to make an appointment, if needed.

You can find look up their contact information here.

For those who are not familiar with the HPV vaccine, it protects both men and women against cancers caused by high-risk HPV infections, such as:

1. Cervical cancer - virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV;
2. Anal cancer - about 95% of anal cancers are caused by HPV; and 
3. Oropharyngeal cancers i.e. cancers of the middle part of the throat, including the soft palate, the base of the tongue, and the tonsils; about 70% are caused by HPV. 

HPV also causes rarer cancers such as vaginal cancers (65% are caused by HPV), vulvar cancers (50%), and 35% of penile cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is so common that nearly all men and women (at least one in 10) will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives

HPV is transmitted via intimate sexual contact e.g. from having vaginal/anal sex, oral sex or other sex play. Hence, a person infected with HPV may transmit HPV to a sex partner, most of the time without knowing they themselves have been infected.

That is because most people have no idea they have been infected, as they never develop symptoms nor have health problems and in 9 out of 10 infected people, the infection tends to go away by themselves within two years. 

Women are not the only group of people who are encouraged to get vaccinated against HPV, men are recommended to get their shots of HPV vaccines as well

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all girls and boys should get their recommended shots of the vaccine as early as 11 or 12 years old. Young adults who have yet to get vaccinated are encouraged to do so through age 26 for young women and 21 for young men.

Prevention is always better than cure, so do SHARE this with your female friends who are eligible for LPPKN's free HPV vaccination programme this year!

While there's still room for improvement in regards to waiting times and stock availability in government-run clinics and hospitals, there are several reasons why healthcare in Malaysia is one of the best in the world:

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