South West students will have access to a new Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against more strains of HPV infection.
Starting next year, Gardasil® 9 will be provided free through school based programs to 12 and 13 year old boys and girls, as part of the National Immunisation Program.
The new Gardasil® 9 vaccine increases the level of protection against nine strains of HPV, whereas the previous vaccine only offered protection against four strains. It also only needs two doses to be effective, instead of three.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said young South West people will benefit from the new vaccine.
“Having the HPV vaccine through a school based program maximises protection for girls and boys,” Mrs Marino said.
“For many years schools have been used for many years to delivering successful immunisation programs, including pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chicken pox), and Gardasil®.”
The new vaccine offers protection for females ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.
The vaccine will also protect males aged 9 to 26 against anal cancer and genital warts.
People aged up to 19 years can catch up on missed vaccines including Gardasil® 9.
More information is available at hpvregister.org.au.