May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Free HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer

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More than 50 women in New Zealand each year die as a result of cervical cancer.

On average Maori women are three times more likely to develop cervical cancer than other groups, and twice as likely to die from it. And in most cases its linked to a virus named Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – which most women (and men) come into contact with.

The good news is that a free vaccine is available for young women which gives them protection against the types of HPV which are linked to 7 out of 10 cases of cervical cancer.

The vaccine is available free of charge to Year 8 girls in most schools, or talk to your GP. The reason its given at around age 12 is that this provides girls with the strongest possible protection against the virus before they come into contact with it.

Other girls and young women born on or after 1 January 1990, can get the vaccine free for their GP, although those born in 1990 or 1991 need to get started this year (2011) to qualify for the free vaccine.

Check out the Ministry of Health website (at the address below) for more information on how you can help protect New Zealands young women and the future of your family.

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2 thoughts on “Free HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer

  1. When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cells on the surface of the cervix to become cancer cells. ..:.^


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