Are you a male and finishing Year 10? Then you should have you HPV vaccination!.
Cancer Council Queensland has joined the State Government in urging parents to ensure males finishing year 10 receive the full course of HPV vaccinations before they complete Year 10.
Early data released this week by Queensland Health showed only 62 percent of year 10 males had been vaccinated in the national school-based HPV vaccination program, which was extended to include males aged 12 to 13 from February 2013.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift called on parents to ensure teenage boys completed the full course of vaccinations for best protection against HPV-related cancers.
“HPV is a common virus that can be effectively prevented through vaccination,” Ms Clift says. “The uptake of HPV vaccinations is critical in reducing the rising trend of HPV-related cancers.
“It’s imperative that all eligible young people receive the vaccine – taking preventive action against HPV is vital and could save a young person’s life in years to come.
“Parents should check in with their child and ensure all three doses of the vaccine have been administered for best protection against HPV-related cancer and disease.”
The human papillomavirus virus (HPV) causes around 90 per cent of anal cancers, 35 percent of penile cancers and 60 per cent of oropharyngeal cancers (cancer of the back of the throat, including tongue and tonsils) in Australia.
Adolescent boys in Queensland receive the full course of the Gardasil vaccination free of charge if they receive all three doses by the end of Year 11.The State Government has also implemented a school-based catch-up program for males in Year 10 who haven’t yet started their course of three doses.The Gardasil vaccination is most effective if administered before a young person becomes sexually active. Those eligible can also receive the vaccination through their GP.
More information about the National HPV School Vaccination Program is available at www.hpv.health.gov.au.