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Announcements 2020

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS

 

New Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine for girls - 2nd January 2020


A new vaccine against cervical cancer which is being offered to all 12 year old girls has been introduced.


The vaccine provided by the government since 2013 targeted only two strains of the infection. The new vaccine targets six. The government has since provided protection against HPV (human papillomaviruses) to girls aged 12 through what is known as a bivalent vaccine.


With the introduction of the new vaccine, which provides protection against nine types of HPV, the cervical cancer rate is expected to go down further in the coming years.