HPV Vaccine funded for 9-26 year olds
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a common virus that can cause HPV cancers in both males and females. The good news is there a vaccine that can help protect young people from HPV cancers.
This vaccine is now free for 9-26 year olds. Children will be offered vaccination at intermediate school, (for more information see www.health.govt.nz ) whilst others can book an appointment with our practice nurse to have it. Unfortunately for those older than 26 years who have not already started the vaccine course, the vaccine will not be funded…. so get in quick!
HPV is so common that 70-80% of us will come into contact with it at some stage of our lives. It is spread by normal sexual skin to skin contact. In most people the virus is harmless and has no symptoms, so they can transmit it without even knowing.
The vaccine has been clinically tested and shown to be effective in helping prevent HPV related cancers e.g. cervical, throat, anal and vaginal cancers. The vaccine is expected to offer life-long protection.
The sooner children are immunised the better and research has shown that response to the vaccine is greater in younger people. For this reason, those under 15 years only need 2 doses of the vaccine and those over 15 years require 3 doses.
For more information on this vaccine please speak with a nurse or your docto