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September 8, 2008
HPV vaccine protects young women against cervical cancer
For the second year, Toronto Public Health is offering the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, free of charge, to protect young women against cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that can cause cancer of the cervix and genital warts.

The vaccine will be administered to Grade 8 girls at school-based vaccination clinics beginning September 17. Three doses of the vaccine are required for protection. Girls who are starting Grade 9 and missed their second or third dose of the HPV vaccine can still get vaccinated at a Toronto Public Health catch-up clinic.

“Each year, there are 500 cases and 140 deaths from cervical cancer in Ontario,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. “The HPV vaccine is considered safe and very effective.”

The HPV vaccination program is funded by the provincial government and is being delivered by health units across Ontario. Toronto Public Health HPV catch-up clinics are as follows. All clinic hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 11 - North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
Thursday, October 16 - East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., Room A
Monday, November 17 - Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Health Centre
Thursday, December 11 - Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., Health Centre

Clinic staff will be available to answer parents’ questions about the vaccine. Parents can also get information by calling the TPH Immunization Information Line at 416-392-1250 or by visiting

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Public Health, Media Relations, 416-338-7974



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