Province Expands Program to Include HPV Vaccine for Boys #nlpoli

The Provincial Government is expanding its publicly-funded vaccination program for school-aged children to include the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for boys. Through an annual investment of $360,000, the HPV vaccine will be available to all Grade 6 children in the province beginning in September 2017.

With uptake rates of 95 per cent, Newfoundland and Labrador is recognized as a leader in vaccination for children. The publicly-funded vaccination program administers four vaccines containing six components, to school-aged children, as outlined in the backgrounder below.

Expanding the province’s publicly-funded vaccination program to include the HPV vaccine for boys is aligned with recommendations by Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization. HPV can lead to a variety of cancers and the HPV vaccine can help prevent HPV-related diseases or cancers if received at a young age. Immunization can prevent more than 70 to 84 per cent of certain cancers and 60 to 90 per cent of high risk pre-cancer cervical lesions.