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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.

As of January this year, all students aged approximately 12 and 13 will be offered a new HPV vaccine for free in schools as part of the National Immunisation Program.

That means our young people will be even better protected against the diseases caused by HPV.

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 HPV 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.

It’s two free injections that work best before boys and girls become sexually active. Vaccinations are available through school – which makes it easy.

And if you miss a does, 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 let’s 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 new HPV vaccine, Gardasil®9 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.