Program to combat cervical cancer starts March 8
March 7, 2010
The government of Nunavut will vaccinate hundreds of nine-year-old girls against a cancer-causing, sexually transmitted virus, starting March 8.
The GN will start the program in schools, where Grade 4 girls – with parental consent – will be inoculated against human papillomavirus, better known as HPV.
Many women who are infected with HPV never know it, and it never affects their lives. The body’s immune system can defeat the virus, and its worst effects never develop.
But some women with HPV develop cancer in the cervix decades after they are infected with the virus.
Gardasil, the HPV vaccine used in Canada, costs $110 per dose but the health department is administering it for free to girls of the right age.
Dr. Isaac Sobol, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health, said the GN wants to vaccinate girls before they become sexually active, whenn they can become infected with HPV.
Nothing in life is free. The only reason they are getting the vaccine for free is because women are not buying into the whole scam.