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This campaign has been produced by The Royal Society of Health with funding from Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Sanofi Pasteur MSD has reviewed this article/item for accuracy. Editorial control remains with The Royal Society of Health. Correct at time of print July 2008. HPV and Cervical Cancer.

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    1. This campaign has been produced by The Royal Society of Health with funding from Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Sanofi Pasteur MSD has reviewed this article/item for accuracy. Editorial control remains with The Royal Society of Health. Correct at time of print July 2008. HPV and Cervical Cancer Lesson Plan Support Vaccination and Immunisation

    2. Learning Objectives • Learn about the positive impact of vaccination and immunisation on public health. • Know that most cases of cervical cancer are preventable through a 3 dose vaccination, likely to be delivered to girls in school. • Know that cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and that it is other types of this virus that cause genital warts. • Be aware that practising safer sex or choosing to abstain is still essential.

    3. Think about what you already know about vaccination and hold it in your mind for the end of the lesson. Write it down if it helps!

    4. Activity 1

    5. Susan’s Story People who survived smallpox were often facially scarred.

    6. Activity 2

    7. Everybody Stand!

    8. Smallpox • Smallpox was one of the most devastating diseases the world has ever known. • It killed millions of people every year. • Few people reached adulthood without having caught smallpox. • Fatality rates were often around 10%. • At the end of the eighteenth century, smallpox caused 20% of all deaths in Glasgow. • Nine out of ten people who died of smallpox were under 5 years of age. • In 1967 the World Health Organisation undertook an intensive worldwide vaccination programme. • Smallpox is the first, and so far the only, disease we have ever eradicated from the Earth and it was thanks to vaccination.

    9. Activity 3

    10. A New Vaccine to prevent Cervical Cancer PREVENTION Immunisation CAUSE Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DETECTION Cervical Smear

    11. 2nd most common cancer in women under 35 Only occurs in females CERVICAL CANCER Cervix – opening to the uterus Almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV)

    12. Contagious and transmitted through skin to skin genital contact No symptoms / silent virus Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV and other types can cause genital warts HPV is very common HPV

    13. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - The Key Facts HPV is transmitted through skin to skin genital contact (not necessarily through intercourse). It can also cause genital warts. Around 75% of sexually active people will come into contact with human papillomavirus during their lifetime. There are now vaccines that will help to protect against HPV types that cause cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine against cervical cancer is now part of a school immunisation programme.

    14. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - The Key Facts Immunisation protects against cervical cancer Is given to girls when they are around 12-13 Consists of 3 injections

    15. Other STIs

    16. Ways to protect yourself from STIs Always use a condom Abstain from or postpone sex Have fewer partners

    17. Activity 4

    18. Vaccines are given to people by doctors, nurses or health administrators Vaccines help protect you against many diseases Vaccines contain antibodies that fight against specific diseases Some vaccines are injected, like the HPV vaccine. Some can be taken by mouth like the polio vaccine Vaccines

    19. Examples of diseases that can be vaccinated against Meningitis HPV Mumps Measles HepatitisB Rubella Polio Flu and Pneumonia Typhoid HepatitisA Cholera Tetanus

    20. Five things you have learnt today