De­spite bish­ops’ let­ter, Regina Catholic schools not against HPV vac­cine

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REGINA The Regina Catholic School di­vi­sion has apol­o­gized af­ter a let­ter from the prov­ince’s bish­ops ques­tion­ing the HPV vac­cine was sent out.

The let­ter said while the vac­cine is said to pre­vent 70 per cent of the HPV in­fec­tions that could lead to cer­vi­cal can­cer, it must not lead to a false sense of se­cu­rity “which can con­trib­ute to risk be­hav­iour.”

The let­ter goes on to ad­vise par­ents it is a se­ri­ous health de­ci­sion with strong moral im­pli­ca­tions.

But the let­ter isn’t re­flec­tive of the cur­rent po­si­tion of Regina Catholic Schools.

Spokes­woman Twylla West said the let­ter is out­dated and they are work­ing on a new let­ter while con­sid­er­ing whether a let­ter is even nec­es­sary.

West stressed that Regina Catholic Schools is not against the vac­cine, ac­knowl­edg­ing the advancements in re­search that have been about the ben­e­fits of the vac­cine.

That’s a re­lief to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, a group that ad­vo­cates for the vac­cine.

“HPV vac­cine is a safe, ef­fec­tive vac­cine that can pre­vent can­cer in your child down the road,” man­ager Donna Pasiech­nik said. “Our con­cern was the in­cor­rect facts in the let­ter and whether it would lead par­ents to ques­tion whether they should do this for their child’s health.”

The vac­cine is part of the prov­ince’s im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram of­fered to boys and girls in Grade 6.

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