HPV vaccine available to 8th grade girls

June 23, 2013 22:42

Girls completing the eighth grade this year will be able to get the human papillomavirus vaccine in district health offices around the country courtesy of the Health Ministry, even during summer vacation. The vaccine was recently added to the basket of health services and prevents cervical cancer caused by the virus that is transmitted through sexual contact.

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, all girls in the eighth grade will have the vaccine available to them by the School Health Service nurse instead of going to a district health office. Cervical cancer is a rare malignancy caused by exposure to an infectious virus.

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