A new vaccine for young South West people

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said young people in the South West will benefit from the Turnbull Government providing free access to the new Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine from the start of 2018 to protect against more strains of HPV infection.

The new Gardasil® 9 vaccine will offer protection against nine strains of HPV (up from four), expanding protection against the virus and improving the health of our young people.

Gardasil® 9 is the most comprehensive and effective HPV vaccine ever and it only requires two doses (down from three), making it easier for young people to receive the full schedule and be protected.

Mrs Marino said that as part of the National Immunisation Program, Gardasil® 9 will be provided through school based programs to all 12 to 13 year old boys and girls in years 7 or 8.

“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 will help protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.

For boys and men ages 9 to 26 the vaccine will protect against anal cancer and genital warts caused by those same HPV types.

Australia was the first country to introduce a free national HPV program, starting with girls in 2007, followed by boys in 2013.

The Turnbull Government has committed $460 million in 2017–18 for vaccine purchases and activities to promote immunisation uptake.

Our recent expansion to the NIP means all individuals up to the age of 19 years can catch up on missed vaccines – including Gardasil® 9.

Up-to-date HPV vaccination coverage rates are available at hpvregister.org.au.