Cancer jabs for girls

  • The Times - 16 May 2013

Fresh from his battle to reduce HIV infections and make antiretrovirals freely available to almost two million South Africans infected with the virus that causes Aids, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is now taking on cervical cancer. 

In parliament yesterday, Motsoaledi announced that girls as young as nine at poorer primary schools would be given free vaccinations against human papilloma virus (HPV) from February.

 As many as 520 000 girls aged between nine and 10 will be vaccinated against HPV, which causes cervical cancer.

It is important that girls be vaccinated before they are sexually active if they are to be protected against the full article

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