The human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization program is being extended to include boys. Starting in September, the HPV vaccine will be publicly funded for Grade 6 boys.
The goal is to improve protection against nine different types of HPV, some of which can lead to cancer. While the HPV immunization will become part of the regular school immunization clinics in BC, the vaccination can also be requested at health care units.
It’s estimated there will be over 930 Grade 6 students in School District 57 next year. “Certainly if I were a parent, the evidence seems to say that it is important for boys to be protected as well as girls,” says the Superintendent of School District 57, Marilyn Marquis-Forster. “As far as the School District is concerned, we cooperate with what they [Northern Health] ask us to do.”
Health Canada has also approved moving from a three-dose to a two-dose vaccine series.