The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is pleased to offer the nine-valent HPV vaccine (HPV9 or Gardasil®9) as part of the provincial publicly funded immunization school program for the 2017-2018 school year.
The HPV9 vaccine protects against the same HPV types as the HPV4 vaccine, plus five additional HPV types, which can lead to cervical and anogenital cancers, as well as certain cancers of the head and neck. Offering the HPV9 vaccine is in line with current scientific and expert recommendations, including Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
The HPV9 vaccine will be offered to all students in Grade 7 in the 2017-2018 school year. Student’s eligible prior to the 2017-2018 school year (including males in Grade 8 and females in Grades 8 to 12) who have not started or completed their HPV vaccine series will continue to receive HPV4 vaccine.
Nurses from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit will be visiting the grade 7 classrooms to provide free vaccinations beginning in October. Only those students with a signed consent will receive the vaccine. When you receive the package from your school in early September read over the package. Complete the student health history, sign and date the consent form and return it to the school before September 15, 2017.
If you have any questions about the school-based immunization program please call 519-355-1071 ext. 5900.