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September 6, 2010

Final Phase of 2010 HPV Vaccination Programme to Start

The HPV immunisation programme to help protect girls and young women from future cervical cancer has hit a key milestone with more than 100,000 eligible young New Zealand women having made the choice to get vaccinated.

The West Coast District Health Board is about to start administering the third dose of the HPV Vaccination Programme at participating schools and at a clinic in Hokitika.

All girls and their parents are reminded that for the Cervical Cancer Vaccination to be successful a total of three doses are required. If you leave school or move to another area, please contact your local GP to make arrangements for getting the third vaccination.

International studies continue to monitor the vaccine's length of protection, showing that after eight and a half years, protection against the HPV virus remains high and suggest that protection will last much longer - possibly for life.

This year will be the last year of the school-based programme for girls in school year 9 and above. The vaccine requires three doses to be effective. From 2011 onwards the school based HPV vaccine programme will only be available to girls in school year eight.

Young women born in 1990 and 1991 have until 31 December 2011 to start the free HPV immunisation programme. Young women born from 1992 onwards have until their 20th birthday to start the programme. The HPV vaccination programme will also be available through General Practices, Rural Health Clinics and Family Planning.

For more information please contact

Lynda Driver
HPV coordinator
West Coast District Health Board

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