Tue | Oct 23, 2018

1,995 schoolgirls receive HPV vaccine

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:13 PM

The ministry of health is reporting that since the start of the administration of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in grade seven in secondary schools, 42 schools have participated.

In giving an overview of the initiative so far, health minister Dr Christopher Tufton said, 4,393 girls were targeted and 1,995 have been vaccinated.

So far only 416 of the girls have opted not to be vaccinated.

He noted that sessions are to be convened with parents to identify the root cause of refusal in addition to new dates being set with the schools to immunise the remaining girls.

“All sessions thus far have been incident free and there has been no report of adverse reactions or any event supposedly attributable to vaccination or immunization,” said Tufton.

He added that public education and sensitisation sessions have been ongoing across the island reaching parents, girls, teachers, and school administrators.

“The sessions have been well supported with spirited discussions. Approximately 85 per cent of the information, education and communication (IEC) material have been distributed to schools, churches, community centres and health facilities.”