Free anti-cancer shots extended to 12-year-olds

The Press 07 January 2009

A free vaccination critics say encourages sexual promiscuity by teenage girls will be extended to focus on 12-year-old girls. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is this month being made available to all girls aged 12 to 18. It was previously free in Canterbury only to 17 and 18-year-olds. The vaccination protects against the two strains of human papillomavirus that cause 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of all genital wart cases. Leading causes of HPV include girls having their first sexual encounter at an early age, having more than one sexual partner and having a partner who has HPV, was sexually active at a young age or who has had more than one sexual partner. The Government this month made the vaccine available free to girls born in 1990 or 1991, and will roll it out in schools nationwide late in term one next year for girls aged 12 to 18.

..Home School Foundation national director and conservative Christian campaigner Craig Smith said the HPV vaccination was based on the assumption that teenage girls were “all a bunch of promiscuous little so-and- sos”. Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie said the vaccination was unproven.
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