York Region and Degrassi's Annie Clark have teamed up to share important information about HPV. Visit York Region's YouTube channel to see what Annie has to say.
York Region offers in-school clinics to secondary schools to protect
against Human Papillomavirus
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Regional Municipality of York and Degrassi star Annie Clark have teamed up through a new online public service
announcement to increase awareness among teenage girls about Human
HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer and genital warts among
females. To help prevent the spread of this sexually transmitted
infection, York Region - together with the York Region District School
Board and York Catholic District School Board - are making it easier
for eligible female students to receive their HPV vaccine.
"HPV is a very common virus and can substantially increase the chances
of women developing cervical cancer," said Dr. Karim Kurji, York
Region's Medical Officer of Health. "The HPV vaccine protects against
four common types of HPV and is the only vaccine proven to protect
against cervical cancer and genital warts."
To be most effective, the vaccine needs to be given prior to being
York Region and Degrassi's Annie Clark have teamed up to share important
information about HPV. Visit York Region's YouTube channel to see what
Annie has to say.
York Region Community and Health Services is holding in-school HPV vaccination clinics this school year for female students, in grades 9 to 12, who did not
receive or finish their HPV vaccine series in Grade 8. Female students
born between 1993 and 1999 who have not completed all three doses of
their HPV vaccine are also eligible for free HPV vaccination.
Three doses of the HPV vaccine, preferably received all within one year,
are required for full protection against most HPV infections.
The HPV vaccine is also available at York Region's monthly community
immunization clinics or through family physicians.
For more information on HPV or any other public-health related issue
please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/immunization
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million
residents and 41,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people
Video with caption: "York Region and Degrassi's Annie Clark have teamed up to share important information about HPV. Visit York Region's YouTube channel to see what Annie has to say.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwmj4jkg0rA&feature=plcp
SOURCE: Regional Municipality of York
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