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HPV School Vaccination Program

13/02/2015


Giving young people a shot at a safer future

The Australian Government is providing the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to males and females aged 12-13 years in schools nationally. Vaccinating against HPV is the best way to protect your child against HPV-related cancers and disease.
The vaccine is delivered in three doses over a six month period. The first dose of the HPV vaccine will be provided at the start of the school year. Check with your school to find out when the vaccinations will take place.
Students will require a signed consent form from their parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine.
This age group (12-13 year olds) has been recommended by experts based on research that has shown younger adolescents create higher levels of antibodies against HPV infection, in response to the vaccine. This results in a more effective immune response than in older age groups.
The National HPV Vaccination Program has been credited with significantly reducing HPV-related infections since the program commenced in 2007.
It is important that the full course – all three doses – is completed to make sure students have the best possible protection.
Read more about the vaccine and HPV at australia.gov.au/hpv