Summer catch-up clinics help protect young women against cervical cancer|
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Girls who are finishing Grade 8 and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) during the school year can still receive the vaccine free of charge. Toronto Public Health will be holding several catch-up clinics throughout the city during the summer. HPV is a common virus that can cause cancer of the cervix and genital warts.
Three doses of the vaccine are required for protection. Under newly announced provincial eligibility rules, any female in Grade 8 who has received at least one shot of the HPV vaccine will now be eligible to receive her remaining shots free of charge while in Grade 9. Previously, once a Grade 8 female entered Grade 9 she was no longer eligible for free vaccine.
“We are pleased that more young women will be able to qualify for this vaccine,” said Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. “Each year, there are 500 cases and 140 deaths from cervical cancer in Ontario.”
Dr. Dubey urged parents to talk with their daughters about the vaccine, and about other steps they should take to prevent cancer and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The vaccine does not replace the need for regular Pap tests, which are recommended for girls once they become sexually active, nor does it protect against other STIs.
Toronto Public Health’s summer catch-up clinics are as follows. All clinic hours are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
Monday, June 23, rooms 2 and 3
Wednesday, July 23, Health Centre
Thursday, August 28, Health Centre
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
Tuesday, June 24, Members’ Lounge
Thursday, July 24, Members’ Lounge
Wednesday, August 27, Main Hall, North
150/160 Borough Dr., Scarborough
Wednesday, June 25, 150 Borough Dr., Main Rotunda
Tuesday, July 29, 160 Borough Dr., Health Centre
Thursday August 28, 160 Borough Dr., Health Centre
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
Thursday, June 26, room A
Monday, July 28, rooms 3 and 4
Wednesday, August 27, room A
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 http://www.toronto.ca/health.
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Media contact: Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, email@example.com