Parents of children aged 12-13 years are being urged to take advantage of the free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination available through the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program.
Males aged 14-15 years are also eligible to receive the free vaccine until the end of the year as part of the national catch-up program.
The program consists of three injections delivered over a period of six months by qualified immunisation providers. It is important for young people to complete the full course of vaccinations to ensure the best protection against a range of HPV-related infections.
HPV is a common virus that can cause the development of cancers and disease in both males and females. Vaccinating both young men and women against HPV can help protect them from developing a number of HPV-related cancers later in life, including cervical cancer in women.
The HPV vaccine has been tested to make sure it’s safe for young males and females. The vaccine has already been shown to have reduced the incidence of some HPV-related infections in females, and with the inclusion of males in the program, we have a chance to give all young people the best possible protection. But young people cannot receive the course of vaccinations without consent from a parent or guardian.
Parents and guardians of all eligible young people will receive more information and a consent form from school. This form must be completed and returned to school for eligible children to receive the vaccinations. If you think your child is eligible, and you haven’t already received a consent form, make sure you ask your school for one as soon as possible. The first dose of the vaccinations will start from Visit the HPV website http://hpv.health.gov.au/information-in-other-languages/, or call the Immunisation Information Line on 1800 671 811.
Published in Indian magazine, Australia