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A one-time human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine program is being offered to women in British Columbia born in 1991, 1992 and 1993 to protect them from cervical cancer. Read more.
There are two HPV vaccines licensed for use in Canada. One, Gardasil®, protects against 2 types of Human Papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers and a number of less common cancers such as cancers of the anus, penis, vagina and vulva. It also protects against 2 types of HPV that cause genital warts. The other, Cervarix™, provides protection against 2 cancer-causing strains.
Who is eligible to receive HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine Gardasil® is currently provided free to girls in BC in grade 6. This vaccine protects against four types of HPV: two types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers and two types of HPV that cause 90% of genital warts. The vaccine is given in grade 6 because girls are best protected when they get the HPV vaccine before they become sexually active. In teenage girls, the lining of the reproductive tract is still developing which makes it easier for them to get infected with HPV. The vaccine prevents HPV infection, but does not get rid of it once the infection occurs.
The HPV vaccine Cervarix® is currently provided free to women in British Columbia born in 1991, 1992 and 1993. This limited one time only HPV vaccine program is being offered to protect them from the two types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers. It is best to get the HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active and coming in contact with HPV. However, the vaccine is recommended for women who are already sexually active, because they may not be infected with HPV and they are unlikely to be infected with both of the types of HPV (16 & 18) contained in the vaccine. The vaccine prevents HPV infection, but does not get rid of it once the infection occurs. Read more: http://immunizebc.ca/diseases-vaccinations/hpv/HPV19to21
What if a girl missed getting the vaccine as part of the school program?
The HPV vaccine Gardasil® continues to be provided free to all girls born in/after 1994 who missed their immunizations in grade 6 or 9. Girls who have missed getting immunized during the school year can contact their local public health unit to set up an appointment for the Gardasil® vaccine.
Cervarix® is currently provided free to women in British Columbia born in 1991, 1992 and 1993. This limited one time only HPV vaccine program is being offered to protect them from the two types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers. Read more: http://immunizebc.ca/diseases-vaccinations/hpv/HPV19to21
Young women born in 1991, 1992 and 1993 can contact their local public health unit, family doctor or local pharmacist to get the Cervarix® vaccine.
Who else is recommended to receive the HPV vaccine?
The Gardasil® vaccine protects against four types of HPV and is approved for females between the ages of 9 and 45 years and males between the ages of 9 and 26 years. If you are not covered by the grade six school-based program (girls born in 1994 or later) please discuss purchasing the vaccine with your immunizing health care provider. Gardasil® costs around $500 for three doses. For information on HPV vaccine in males check out the HPV vaccine and men page.
The Cervarix® vaccine protects against two types of HPV and is approved for but not provided free to females between through the ages of 10 to 25 years (inclusive). If you are not covered by the limited one time only HPV vaccine program for young women born in 1991, 1992, and 1993 please discuss purchasing the vaccine with your immunizing health care provider. Cervarix® costs around $300 for three doses.
Other Useful Vaccine Links
Electron micrograph of human papillomavirus (HPV). Courtesy of NCI. 1986.
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