National 10.8.2016 10:52 am

Gauteng rolls out cancer vaccinations at schools

State free vet  rabies booster vaccination offered.

State free vet rabies booster vaccination offered.

The vaccination campaign is aimed at protecting girls from cervical cancer.

The Gauteng departments of health and education have rolled out a second dose vaccination campaign to protect girls from cervical cancer.

“The HPV is most effective when given to young girls who have not yet engaged in sexual activities as it works only as prevention rather than a cure,” health spokesperson Steve Mabona said on Wednesday.

“The campaign is conducted biannually and targets all Grade 4 girls in public primary and special schools. Moreover, all the Grade 5 girls who received their first HPV dose in September 2015 are now due for their second HPV dose.”

The second phase started early this month and will continue until September this year.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu urged parents to sign consent forms for their schoolgirls.

“The department is encouraging all parents and caregivers to cooperate and sign the consent forms to allow their children to be immunised. No learners will be immunised without having signed consent forms,” she said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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