It broke nationwide when it looked like more than 18,000 doses of HPV vaccines, enough to vaccinate 6,000 people, would be destroyed.
The reason was that the state had entered into agreement with a new vaccine producer from this fall. Because the contract with the former manufacturer allowed only the doses to be used in the child vaccination program, and the young people in the fall received the new vaccine, the rest of the vaccine was at risk of expiration.
HPV easily infects sexual contact and can lead to cancer (see the facts box at the bottom).
The vaccine is now included in the children's vaccination program for boys and girls. In addition, all women born in 1991 or later can receive a free vaccine if they take the first dose by the end of December this year.
Extra vulnerable groups
This summer, the State, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the drug producer agreed that surplus doses can be used in other vulnerable groups.
In October, the City of Bergen established an offer for addicts, people who sell sex and men, born in 1991 or later, who have sex with men.
"We have been at the Strax House and MO Centers to provide women in vulnerable settings. They have bad advice and are more prone to infection," says Agnes Giertsen, a nurse at the Engen Health Center and a university professor at Høgskolen på vestlandet (HVL). BA.
Vaccines are offered at the Smittevern office by appointment. In addition, the Engen youth and student health center has a discount offer for men who have sex with men on Thursdays between 10 and 14 years.
– Vaccines expire on summer date, so you should receive the first of three doses by the end of November. There are still many unused vaccines, so it is urgent to do so, "says Giertsen.
– Know that we save lives
In the meadow they asked for 300 doses.
"Here's the first-come, first-serve principle." These vulnerable groups receive only free vaccines until the stock is empty, Giertsen emphasizes.
This fall, a group of HVL nursing students had an osm project to spread the message about the vaccines of the relevant groups.
"I've noticed that there have been many more young men who wanted the vaccine here in the last few weeks. Everyone says they saw the information on the campuses, so the students did a good and important job," says the health nurse.
"If I get a vaccine, I urge you to spread the message even more. This is how we reach as many groups as possible in the groups we want to reach, so it's incredibly valuable to get someone to come here.
Even if you have not been able to take the first dose within the time limit, you can get two doses for free.
– All doses count. One dose is protected, well protected with two and protected by life with wood, "says Giertsen, concluding:
"Both socio-economic and personal, the gain here is enormous. We know that we save lives.
Facts About HPV
There are many different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus easily infects sexual contact.
HPV can lead to cancer. The most common is cervical cancer, but HPV also causes rectum, mouth and throat cancer of both sexes, skin and external genital cancers in women, and the penis in men.
HPV causes more than 100 cases of cancer in men every year. The incidence of cancer of the mouth and throat among men is increasing.
In Norway, HPV infection causes every year:
About 10,000 women are diagnosed with mild cell changes
About 3,000 women experience severe cell changes and need to remove a part of the cervix
About 300 women against cervical cancer
About 300 cases of other types of cancer in men and women
About 70 women die of cervical cancer
1 in 10 Norwegian women and men get genital warts before age 45.
Source: Institute of Public Health / Cancer Society