a vaccine against certain cancers that is struggling to convince

A study OpinionWay for the League Against Cancer is published on the occasion of the European Vaccination Week from April 25 to 30, 2022. But the report is alarming on the perception of the French as for the vaccination against the human papillomaviruses (HPV).

Every year, about 6,300 case of cancers related to papillomavirus humains (HPV) are diagnosed in France, in men and women, trainnant 2,900 deaths (1). On the occasion of European Vaccination Week (April 25-30), the League Against Cancer alerts public opinion to the importance and effectiveness of vaccination against HPV for girls and boys aged 11 at 19, in the prevention of cancers of the cervix, ENT, anus, vulva, vagina and penis.

To know the level of information of the French on the HPV vaccine, their opinion and their fears, the League gave them the floor through an unpublished study carried out by OpinionWay? (2)

  • Parents (28%), particularly of children under 10 (38%) more often declare themselves unfavorable to vaccination than the rest of the population, and to HPV vaccination in particular.
  • 24% of French people are not convinced by the vaccination of girls against papillomavirus and 30% by that of boys.
  • Women and the socio-professional categories furthest from information are the most skeptical about vaccination, while seniors are more in favour.
  • The French (44%) have less confidence in vaccination since the Covid-19 crisis

These results are alarming : they demonstrate existing misunderstandings about HPV infections and vaccines. Lhas prevention and sensitization need to be strengthenedandsspecifically among audiences furthest from information. The HPV are still unknown to more than half of parents ! NOTWe must redouble our efforts for preserve public healthvss concerned, particularly in the current health context which exacerbates distrust of vaccinations. HAS like the League, the powerss public and all health actors must mobilize urgently to inform and respond to the fears of the French. VS‘is an issue public health priority for preserve the young generations cancer ! Lands vaccines against the HPV are part of the means efficient and sure to eradicate this infection and the cancers it causesèD. » declared Daniel Nizrivolunteer president of the League Against Cancer.

The parentsill-informed, are few or not convinced by the vaccination against HPV

31% of parents are not convinced of the benefits of HPV vaccination for girls, a proportion which rises to 35% concerning the boys. However, the majority of them trust their treating physician: 76% declare that they would follow his notice if he recommendshave to have their child vaccinateda figure that rises to 81% for parents of children between 11 and 19 years old and 78% of French people questioned without distinction.

The survey reveals a glaring lack of information on HPV: 51% of parents do not feel well informedon the risks associated with these viruses. A proportion which reaches 57% for parents of children under 10 years old but which is corrected for those with children of age to be vaccinated (41%).

Fears and distrust face to HPV vaccination

28% of people respondents declare themselves opposed to HPV vaccinationdue :

– Lack of hindsight for 46%

– Risk of side effects for 41%

– Lack of evidence on the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine for 39%

Among parents, the lack of evidence on the effectiveness of the vaccine is a criterion of mistrust for 43%. An argument raised by 50% of parents of children under 10 years old.

They also explain their reluctance by:

– The lack of hindsight on the long-term effects (41%)

– Lack of information (40%)

– The risk of side effects (allergic reactions, infertility, etc.) (36%)

A feeling of dexacerbated distrust since the pandemic of Covid-19

55% of French people questioned, opposed or not to the HPV vaccine, fear that their child will develop a disease or a serious side effect following the vaccination. A proportion that reaches 65% among parents. Yet follow-up studies of vaccinated versus unvaccinated have demonstrated that these fears are unfounded.

The poll highlights increased distrust of vaccines in general: of all respondents (whether opposed to HPV vaccines or not), 44% say their level of confidence in vaccination has dropped since the Covid-19 crisis. 19; they are 54% among the parents.

The HPV vaccine : the only vaccine that can prevent cancer !

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world: andabout 80% of women and men will be exposed to these viruses in their lifetime. HPV viruses are responsible for 6 types of cancer: cervix, ENT, anus, vulva, vagina and penis.

Vaccination reduces the risk of HPV infection, chronic carriage and lesions precancerous and cancerous what generate.

HPV vaccination, where are we?

Available in France since 2007, HPV vaccination is still far from being generalized. In 2020, HPV vaccination coverage among adolescent girls was estimated at 41% for one dose at age 15 (vs. 35% in 2019) and 33% for the full regimen at age 16 (vs. 28% in 2019). Loin behind the 60% target set by the 2014-2019 Cancer Plan. The proportion of boys vaccinated against HPV remains insignificant.

A vaccination that has been proven in other countries

In Sweden, a 75% reduction in precancerous lesions was observed in young girls vaccinated before the age of 17 compared to those who were not vaccinated.

In Australia, where the HPV vaccine has been given to girls and boys since 2005, the proportion of people infected with HPV has fallen from 23% to 1.5% in 10 years.

The League created uposter campaign, a digital device and a andescape gsoul dedicated

From April 25 to 30, the League is mobilizing on all fronts to raise awareness among the public, especially parents, of the risks caused by exposure to HPV viruses and the importance of vaccination.

This mobilization campaign is basedandra on the sideyou digital :

  • The League and its Departmental Committees will mobilize on social networks to relay awareness messages on HPV and vaccination

  • A dedicated interactive mini-site will contain all essential information on HPV, a escape game virtual, an information brochure, an online parent/child challenge for social networks, etc.

A escape game virtual specially created for the countryside :

This year, the League is launching the HPV Escape Game, intended to facilitate the understanding of HPV, the risks and consequences, the modes of transmission and the means of protection. Accessible on computer or smartphone, this immersive experience immerses the user in the heart of varied universes, with different content and animations integrated into the course for a unique gaming experience, depending on the age group (11-14 years old, 15-19 years old and adults/parents).

A poster campaign will also be deployed


The leading independent associative funder of cancer research, the League Against Cancer is an independent non-governmental organization based on the generosity of the public and the commitment of its activists. With nearly 481,000 members and 8,700 volunteers, the League is a popular movement organized into a federation of 103 departmental committees. Together, they fight in four complementary directions: seek to heal, prevent to protect, accompany to help, mobilize to act. Today, the League has made the fight against cancer a societal issue bringing together the greatest possible number of health, economic, social and political actors in all territories. By breaking taboos and fears, the League contributes to changing the image of cancer and those who are affected by it.


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