HPV Vaccine Update
Hear ye, hear ye!
It is very exciting that New Zealand has now become a world leader in the provision of the HPV vaccine. As from 1 January 2017, the newnine valent HPV vaccine 'Gardasil 9' is being funded for both boys and girls from 9 to 26 years (inclusive) and available (not funded) to people up to the age of 45.
New Zealand is one of three countries (yes, three) in the world providing a universal HPV vaccine to boys and girls and in a two-dose schedule to those aged 14 years and under. The other two countries being USA and Austria.
Four valent Gardasil has been available around the world since 2007 and to date, the vaccine is approved in 129 countries with 63 countries having Gardasil in funded immunisation programmes. Only four countries have the four valent Gardasil vaccine funded for both boys and girls (Australia, Austria, USA and Switzerland). New Zealand has had the four valent Gardasil vaccine in a school-based vaccination programme for girls since 2008.
If you would like to know more about the vaccination schedule, funding and availability for Gardasil 9, please check out the information provided on the Ministry of Health website. There is also three new HPV vaccine dedicated consumer websites available:
The New Zealand HPV Project vaccine brochure has been updated with input from a broad range of experts in the field of HPV and incorporates the new nine valent universal HPV vaccine programme. The brochure Preventing HPV Cancers by Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know will very soon be available (if not already) on www.hpv.org.nz and later in hardcopy format once the professional reformatting is complete. A slightly adapted version Stop, Look, Read! HPV Vaccination for You and Your Family will be available on JUSTTHEFACTS.co.nz.