School refuses access for Gardasil vaccine

NZPA 11 March 2010

Hokitika’s Westland High School has refused to allow an anti-cancer vaccine to be administered on its premises, a move health bosses say is worrying.  Last year, the school’s board of trustees was criticised by the Ministry of Health for publishing an article in the school newsletter on the supposed pitfalls of the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which aims to protect girls from the age of 12 against cervical cancer. However, the school still allowed the vaccine to be administered. But this year the school will not and refuses to say why.