IT’S been revealed more young Queensland men and women are being fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), helping to prevent a range of cancers, including cervical cancer.
New figures released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that 77.6 per cent of 15-year-old girls and 70.8 per cent of 15-year-old boys in Queensland completed the full vaccination in 2015-16.
This was up from 76.7 per cent of girls in 2014-15, and 67.7 per cent of boys.
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Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan welcomed the news, saying immunisation against HPV was crucial.
“Immunisation rates are rising which is very promising, but there is still a way to go to protect the next generation,” Ms McMillan said.
“Queensland rates still sit below the national average of 80.1 per cent for girls, and 74.1 per cent for boys, with around 1 in 5 still not vaccinated against HPV.”
Ms McMillan said that with the recent renewal of the HPV vaccine, more young men and women are being encouraged to complete the full immunisation to save lives.
“Gardasil 9 protects against nine HPV types which cause around 90 per cent of cervical cancers in women, and 95 per cent of all HPV-related cancers in men,” she said.
“We need to ensure the number of eligible teenagers receiving the full course of Gardasil continues to rise.”
According to Ms McMillan, the Gardasil 9 vaccination is most effective if administered before a young person becomes sexually active.