Australian Associated Press (02.02.12) - Monday, February 13,
Only 76 percent of girls in Victoria have received all three
doses of human papillomavirus vaccine, according to the Cancer
Council Victoria. The vaccine, which is administered in three
injections, targets the HPV types responsible for 70 percent
of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts. Research
shows that the number of girls under 18 with high-grade
abnormal pre-cancerous cells on the cervix has dropped by half
since 2007, when Australia's school-based program began
providing the vaccine for free to 12- and 13-year-old girls.
Kate Broun, CCV's cancer screening programs manager, said
girls' reasons for not taking all three shots include pain,
fear of needles, and a poor understanding of the vaccine's
purpose. To address these barriers, CCV has released an online
video about HPV and the vaccine against it. To access the
video, visit www.cervicalcancervaccine.org.au/.