Girls Urged to get Immunised against Cervical Cancer

Tasmanian Government Press Releases

Dr Roscoe Taylor
Director of Public Health
Friday, 10 December 2010

Director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor today encouraged all teenage girls in Tasmania to be vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.

Dr Taylor announced that the Department of Health and Human Services and local councils are offering free Gardasil immunisation clinics this month to increase protection against cervical cancer, with the first clinics commencing in Glenorchy and West Tamar next Monday.

“Each year, more than 200 women in Australia die from cervical cancer,” Dr Taylor said.

“The most recent Tasmanian Cancer Registry data show that there were 21 cases of cervical cancers diagnosed and seven deaths in 2007.
“We can stop that happening to future generations because cervical cancer is now preventable through the Gardasil vaccine.

“Gardasil is most effective when it is given to girls before they become sexually active because HPV is passed from person to person through close sexual contact.”

Dr Taylor said Tasmania needed to improve on the 54% of eligible girls who were immunised through the school program in 2009.

“The vaccine course is three injections each given a few months apart,” he said.

“It is important that girls receive all three doses, to be best-protected.

“The clinics are open to all girls aged 12-16 years who have missed doses through the school program or have not yet received any doses.

“Gardasil is usually only available to 12-13 year old girls through schools.”

“These clinics offer a special opportunity for 14-16 year old girls to receive the vaccine for free.”
Clinics are being offered by the following local councils: Glenorchy, Brighton, Clarence, Sorell, Kingborough, West Tamar and Launceston.
Additional clinics will be held in the North West early next year.
Parental consent forms need to be signed beforehand or at the clinics.
Consent forms and clinic times are available from the website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh or by contacting 1 800 671 738.
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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.