GIRLS are failing to complete the course that protects them against cervical cancer. GIRLS are failing to complete the course that protects them against cervical cancer.
Health Reporter Jordanna Schreiver
April 19, 2011 12:00AM
SA chief executive Professor Brenda Wilson said young women need to take all three doses of the cervical cancer or human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, known as Gardasil, for maximum protection.
“Research tells us that if this is done before women become sexually active, it offers almost 100 per cent protection for the HPV that causes 70 per cent of cervical cancers.”
Nationally, 83 per cent of girls aged 12-13 in 2007 had had the first dose of the vaccine by December 2009, but this fell to 80 per cent for the second dose and 73 per cent for the last one.
Data shows the coverage rate for women aged 18-19 who completed the course was 38 per cent and that at least 30 per cent of women aged 20-26 completed the full course.
[NOTE from SANE Vax: We posted a comment to this article with a link to the Gobal Concerns about HPV Vaccines Fact Sheet and it was not published.]