HPV vaccine available to Nunavummiut aged 9 to 26

Expanded eligibility in line with national guidelines, says Health Department

Nunavummiut aged 9 to 26 are now eligible for the HPV vaccine, bringing eligibility in line with expanded national guidelines, Department of Health spokesperson Danarae Sommerville announced last week. (Photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut)

By Nunatsiaq News

Vaccinations against human papillomavirus are now available to Nunavummiut aged nine to 26, the Government of Nunavut has announced.

The new eligibility for HPV vaccines is meant to align the territory with expanded national guidelines, Health Department spokesperson Danarae Sommerville said Dec. 16 in a media release.

HPV is a virus passed during sexual contact and is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s.

It can cause cervical cancer and genital warts, as well as cancers of the vagina and vulva, penis, anus, mouth or throat, Sommerville said.

HPV is common in Canada, and most sexually active Canadians will be exposed to the virus at some point during their life.

Nunavummiut who fall outside the expanded eligibility criteria may be approved based on risk factors or on clinical need on a case-by-case basis, Sommerville said.

People who think they need an HPV vaccine but are not eligible are encouraged to speak to their health care provider.

Clients wishing to receive the vaccine can be referred by their physician or a community health nurse.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by No Nonsense on

    unforturnatly with the ugly shadow that the covid vaccinations have created over the earth, helpful vaccines may also be untrusted.

  2. Posted by What? on

    “HPV is a virus passed during sexual contact”

    “HPV vaccine available to Nunavummiut aged 9 to 26”

    Anything wrong with this picture?

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