About this issue ...

  • Greta Dreyer Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Pretoria


In a guest editorial, Prof Lynette Denny responds to media reports of adverse events after HPV vaccination. This opinion piece, written on behalf of the SA Society of Gynaecologic Oncology (SASGO), provides excellent answers to the concerns raised by many parents and even healthcare practitioners.1 The truth is that these vaccines are very safe and provide the first real hope to bring the epidemic of cervical cancer, which affects and kills so many women in our own and other low resource countries, under control. SASGO officially and strongly support the HPV vaccine campaign in primary schools managed by the national Department of Health in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education. In addition, all parents and healthcare workers are urged to help ensure that girls missed by this campaign are vaccinated as young as possible. Included in the latter group are all those attending private schools and girls and young women in older age groups.