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The “first cancer vaccine” and misinformation in biomedicine


Certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) are responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women under the age of 45 worldwide. More than 85% of cases are currently reported from developing countries. HPV vaccines represent a major advance in the prevention of these cancers. Unfortunately, the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in general, as well as HPV vaccines in particular, have become the target of many misinformation attacks and social media campaigns.

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Authors: Prof. RNDr. Vanda Boštíková, Ph.D., Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and Prof. RNDr. Aleš Macela, DrSc., Faculty of Military Health Science, University of Defence

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