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Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a really common virus that’s passed from person to person through sexual contact

And affects both males and females

In most people it’s harmless and has no symptoms

And their immune system effectively gets rid of the virus

However, in some people the virus can persist and may lead to a number of HPV related diseases 

Including genital warts, cervical cancer, and some cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, penis, and throat area

All students aged approximately 12 and 13 are offered the HPV vaccine for free in schools as part of the National Immunisation Program

It’s two injections that work best before boys and girls become sexually active

I know some people worry about vaccines, but I want my daughter to be as safe and protected as possible in all areas of her life

If the vaccine can protect her against HPV related cancers

Then it’s an easy decision for us

It’s just one less thing to worry about knowing my sons can get this vaccine

And it’s done in school

All my mates are getting vaccinated too

For me the safety of my kids is everything

HPV vaccines are proven to be safe

And have been used for over 10 years

With millions of doses given around the world

Which is really reassuring

Yeah, I had it last year at school and it didn’t hurt much

It was a bit red the next day, but I was fine

Vaccinations are available through school, which makes it easy

And if you miss a dose, speak to your GP or school-based immunisation provider about how you can catch up

Together we can keep our kids safe

Sign the consent form so your child can be vaccinated

And lets help protect against HPV

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common, contagious virus that can cause cancers and diseases in both men and women. The HPV vaccine protects against 9 types of HPV and requires 2 doses. It is available for males and females aged 12 to 13 years through school based immunisation providers or your GP.

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