News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Cervical cancer vaccination reminder

West Coast DHB urges young girls and their families not to forget about cervical cancer vaccination


The West Coast District Health Board is urging parents of Year Eight girls not to forget to return their consent forms indicating whether they want their daughter to receive the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer.

Janet Hogan, West Coast DHB Clinical Manager, Immunisation says consent forms were sent to all parents of Year Eight girls (in the participating schools) on the West Coast nearly a month ago.

“Most parents have signed and returned the forms to us to let us know if they want their daughter to be vaccinated or not, however, we still are waiting to hear from around 10% of the people who received the consent forms."

Every year 150 New Zealand women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 50 die from the disease. More than 70 percent of cervical cancers are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread through sexual contact.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, West Coast Medical Officer of Health says, “As prevention is better than cure, we urge parents not to forget about this important vaccination – the only vaccine available that prevents cancer.”

The vaccine is given to girls from the age of 12 as a series of three injections over a six-month period. It is available either through high schools, or in some areas such as Karamea, Haast and Moana, through the local rural clinic. The vaccine is also available free to girls up until 20 and if a young woman is no longer at school she can receive the vaccination at her GP or Family Planning free of charge.

“This year our Public Health Nurses are looking forward to working with Westland High School to vaccinate girls at the school, rather than at the Hokitika Health Centre. Working in partnership with the school will mean best health and education outcomes for the girls,” says Dr Brunton.

“For best protection girls need to be vaccinated before they are exposed to HPV, that is before they start having any sexual contact. Vaccinating girls and young women now will reduce their chances of getting cervical cancer later in life.”

The HPV vaccination programme in Greymouth has already started. It is expected to start in Hokitika in the second week of April.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news