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Vaccinations for Teenagers -HPV
HPV is a virus that is transmitted via sexual intercourse and other sexual behaviours. It occurs in males and females and is the commonest sexually transmitted disease in Canada. HPV causes genital warts in males and females. It causes Cancer of the Cervix in females , as well as other cancers of the genitals and anus in males and females. It causes cancers of the mouth and throat and head and neck in males and females. Once someone catches HPV there is no cure for it.
HPV vaccines are recommended for males and females age 9 and over . In Ontario Gardisil is given by school public health nurses to Ontario school boys and girls in grade 7 and to girls in grade 8 at no cost . It prevents 2 wart causing strains and 2 of the commonest cancer causing strains. At present Ontario school boys in grade 8 and above are not given Gardisil via a school vaccination program and must purchase it privately.
Recently Gardisil-9 has been released for improved coverage of cancer causing strains of HPV . It prevents the same 2 wart causing strains and the 7 commonest cancer causing strains of HPV. It is not covered by OHIP and can be purchased privately in our office.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) recommends HPV vaccination using Gardisil-9 for all Canadians in the at risk age groups
Please note that Ontario school girls and boys will be offered Gardisil during the 2016-2017 school year and not Gardisil-9 which has improved coverage. We encourage all families to consider recieving Gardisil-9 as we feel it is a better vaccine with improved coverage. Please notify our office if you wish to recieve Gardisil-9 vaccination