Peel Public Health Offering Free HPV Immunization to Young Women in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. AUGUST 17, 2012 - Peel Public Health is inviting eligible young women in Peel to attend free clinics to complete their human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization series.
Previously, free HPV immunization was only available to young women in grade 8. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently expanded the HPV program to also offer free HPV immunization to young women in high school on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Monica Hau, Associate Medical Officer of Health at Peel Public Health says, “the HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect young women against the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Those who have not completed the three-dose HPV immunization series in grade 8 can use this opportunity to ensure they are protected.”
Young women are eligible to attend the free HPV immunization catch-up clinics if they:
- will be in grades 9-12 as of September 2012
- were in grade 8 during the 2007-2008 school year (eligible until June 2013).
Young women in grade 8 will continue to receive free HPV immunizations at school-based clinics.
To register for one of Peel Public Health’s free HPV immunization catch-up clinics, residents can call 905-799-7700. Caledon residents call toll free at 905-584-2216. For more information about HPV immunization, visit immunizepeel.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and the town of Caledon.