• Parents backing teen jabs

    PHOTO: Emma Hillier
    Rural City of Wangaratta environmental health officer Lisa Giese.

    WITH Australia on track to eliminate cervical cancer through its human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) program, Wangaratta parents are demonstrating strong support for the push.

    Rural City of Wangaratta environmental health officer Lisa Giese said local parents, who already ensured a high level of child immunisation in the municipality for newborns to four year olds, were following through by approving vaccinations for their teenagers.

    These include the two dose HPV course, given to year seven students, which has been credited with reducing the incidence of HPV (a key cause of cervical cancer) in Australian women aged up to 24.

    Recent research revealed infection had fallen from 24 per cent to just one per cent in that age group in the last decade, since the program began.

    Medical experts said last month they believed Australia was on track to effectively eliminate cervical cancer within the next four decades.

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