Monday, March 31, 2014

WC Health Department embarks on HPV vaccine campaign

Jo-Anne Otto - Western Cape Government Health Communications Officer. As from the 10th of March till the 11th of April 2014, Western Cape Government Health will have professional teams traveling from school to school to vaccinate all girls in Grade 4 who are nine years and older and who attend a public or special school against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Human Pampilomavirus is the virus that causes Cervical Cancer, the vaccination protects the girl from being infected by HPV and thus reduces the risk of developing HPV related cervical cancer later in life. Cervical Cancer is the second most prevalent cancer among women after Breast Cancer. Parents and guardians should remember that vaccination is their choice and thus need to sign a consent form if they wish their daughter to be vaccinated. Only girls with a signed consent form will be vaccinated. For more information go to www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/frequently-asked-questions-about-human-papillomavirus-hpv

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