Gauteng Department of Health has appealed to parents, guardians and care givers to cooperate with the second round of the national Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination campaign currently underway in the province.
The vaccination drive which aims to protect young girls from developing cervical cancer later in life is conducted biannually. This campaign is undertaken in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education in all public primary schools and public special schools as part of the Integrated School Health Programme.
The HPV second dose campaign, which began on 22 August will conclude on 27 September 2017, will be administered to girls as follows:
- Grade four girls aged nine years and above who received their first HPV dose during the first HPV round in February 2017 and March 2017;
- Grade four girls who did not receive their first dose during the 2017 first HPV round due to being underage, absenteeism or had no consent forms and the parent has now provided a new consent form;
- Grade four girls, class of 2016 who received their first HPV dose in August / September 2016 and are now in grade 5 this year and are due for second dose.
The Department pleads with parents to give consent for their children to be vaccinated and it should be noted that no pupils will be immunised without having a signed consent form.
One comprehensive signed Integrated School Health Programme consent form is used for the HPV Campaign and it remains valid for the duration of both the first and the second round HPV doses.
Therefore, the school does not have to re-issue the second consent form as the first HPV round consent form is still valid, unless if the parent wishes to change her consent.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human Papillomavirus is a common virus that infects people and could eventually cause cervical cancer. There are over 200 types of HPV viruses and research has shown that HPV types 16 and 18 accounts for 70% of cervical cancer cases.
The HPV Vaccine is very safe and effective in preventing the HPV 16 and 18 strains of the virus.
Cervical cancer is a cancer that affects the lower part of the womb which is called the cervix. Cancer is when abnormal cells in the human body start to grow very quickly and cannot be controlled by normal body processes.
Over sometime the normal cells are then replaced by cancer cells and without early diagnoses and treatment the person may complicate and die.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Health
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