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
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.