More widespread vaccination will definitely help in reducing genital warts and cervical cancer
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/28/2012 -- Public Health is being expanded to cover the Human Papillomavirus vaccine for girls who did not receive the it in Grade 8.
The HPV virus is a primary cause of genital warts and 70% of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against particular strains.
A Scarborough Civic Centre’s temporary clinic started the expansion of the vaccine on Monday. Girls between ages 13 and 19 were able to receive the inoculation.
Lisa Li, 17, was one such girl. “You could choose whether or not to get it and I guess my dad chose for me not to get it at that time,” she said. Li had received a letter informing her she was due for vaccination. As all girls who receive the inoculation, Li must return in six months for a second and third round of shots.
Vinita Dubey, Toronto’s Public Health’s associate medical officer of health, says the city has sent out 19,000 letters regarding vaccinations. An additional 16,000 are yet to be mailed. According to the TPH, 14,000 girls are eligible for vaccination every year. More than 100,000 shots have been administered in Toronto, dating back to the program’s inception.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization in Canada recommends the vaccine to every female from nine to 26. It is said the vaccination is considered beneficial for ages up to 45. The city plan only covers girls within the specified age range. Women over 19-years-of-age who want to be vaccinated must pay $450.
Dubey noted: “We hope that as the word gets out and as people realize that it’s a safe vaccine and important to prevent cervical cancer — and it would otherwise be expensive if they had to buy it on their own — that they’ll come to our clinics and get it.”
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