June 17, 4:22 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson
Part of the mission of the World Health Organization (WHO) is to provide guidance to member nations on health policy matters, including vaccines. Although their policy letters are open to the public at no charge via the internet, rarely does the average person access them.
In light of the current worldwide controversy surrounding HPV vaccines, perhaps it is time for everyone to examine the contents of Human papillomavirus vaccines WHO position paper (the document starts on page 2). This position paper was published on April 10, 2009, to provide guidance to everyone involved in HPV vaccinations.
The World Health Organization sought the opinions and endorsements of some of the most respected authorities on vaccines and immunizations from around the globe in their quest to provide a clear policy regarding HVP vaccines. The resulting document is intended to be a guide for vaccine manufacturers, public health policy makers, the medical and scientific community, and vaccine recipients around the world.