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CANADA: Catholic Board May Ban Nurses from Giving HPV Shots


Hamilton Spectator (09.18.07) - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tonight, Catholic board trustees will consider a resolution to ban Halton's public health nurses from offering or administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to young girls in its schools.

The vaccine against the sexually transmitted virus is being offered to eighth-grade girls in Ontario as a way to prevent cervical cancer. Parents who decline the HPV vaccination but later change their minds must pay the $400-$600 (US $390-$586) cost to have their children immunized by their family doctors. Vaccinations began yesterday in Halton's public schools.

In addition to banning Halton's public health unit from administering the vaccine in its schools, the resolution seeks to prevent health workers from counseling or giving advice about the HPV vaccine to any student on board property. Authored by Oakville trustee Anthony Danko, the proposal cites statements from the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Anthony Tonnos of Hamilton calling for further study of the vaccine.

Last week, the bishops reminded Ontario's Catholic boards that HPV is transmitted only through intimate contact and sexual activity - behaviors they said carry "profound risks to a young person's spiritual, emotional, moral, and physical health." As sex "is appropriate only through marriage," abstinence offers young people the best protection, it said.


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