Many Gold Coast teens not fully vaccinated against HPV

A new report has revealed a large percentage of teenage boys and girls have not been fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.

The latest AIHW report revealed only 61 per cent of 15-year-old boys and 70 per cent of 15-year-old girls on the Gold Coast have been fully immunised against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said immunising girls and boys against HPV was crucial to help prevent a range of cancers, including cervical cancer. “We need to ensure the number of eligible children receiving the full course of Gardasil continues to rise. Parents should check in with their child and ensure all three doses of the vaccine have been administered for best protection against HPV-related cancer and disease,” she said.


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“HPV is a common virus that can be largely prevented through vaccination – the uptake of HPV vaccinations is critical in reducing the rising trend of HPV-related cancers. It’s absolutely vital that all eligible young people receive the full course of the vaccine – taking preventive action against HPV is vital and could save a young person’s life in years to come.

“The HPV vaccine has dramatically reduced human papillomavirus in vaccinated Australians, protecting our next generation from cervical cancer.”

The vaccine protects against the two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18), which cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers in women and 90 per cent of all HPV-related cancers in men.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes around 90 per cent of anal cancers, 35 per cent of penile cancers and 60 per cent of oropharyngeal cancers (cancer of the back of the throat, including tongue and tonsils) in Australia.

The Gardasil vaccination is most effective if administered before a young person becomes sexually active. Those eligible can also receive the vaccination through their GP.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.