Fight goes global

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - ANNIKA SMETHURST

A SU­PER­CHARGED vac­cine that pro­tects against sev­eral deadly can­cers will be pro­vided for free to all boys and girls aged 12-13 from next year.

Gar­dasil 9, which is an im­proved ver­sion of the Aus­tralian-de­vel­oped vac­cine, will pro­tect re­cip­i­ents against nine strains of hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus (HPV) — up from four — and could prevent al­most 90 per cent of cer­vi­cal can­cer cases world­wide.

Some high-risk HPV types can cause se­ri­ous ill­ness and are re­spon­si­ble for about 5 per cent of all can­cers world­wide in­clud­ing cer­vi­cal can­cer, some forms of throat can­cers and anal can­cer.

Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt will to­day an­nounce the new vac­cine will be rolled out in high schools next year, mean­ing students will need only two doses of the strength­ened vac­cine in­stead of three.

A study of more than 14,000 peo­ple world­wide found the new vac­cine can pro­tect peo­ple against 90 per cent of HPVs that cause cer­vi­cal can­cer.

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