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HPV Vaccine

Help protect your kids from HPV cancers

A strong tool in cancer prevention, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects both females and males against HPV infections that cause 70% cervical cancers, as well as a large proportion of anal, penile, vaginal and vulvar, mouth and throat cancers. Three of every four Canadians will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that all females age 9 to 45 and males age 9 to 26 be vaccinated against HPV to help reduce their risk of HPV-associated cancers. Extensive research has shown us the HPV vaccines are safe and most of the side effects that occur are not serious and are very similar to reactions from other routine vaccines.

Learn more about the HPV vaccine or see ImmunizeBC HPV Vaccine FAQs.

In British Columbia, not everyone has equal access to the HPV vaccine. Since 2008 females have had the option to receive the vaccine for free through a school-based program, and in 2015 the province expanded the publicly-funded program to some males who are at an increased risk of HPV infection. Males who do not fall into the BC Government’s defined high-risk category must find other ways to pay for the vaccine.

We believe HPV vaccines should be available and affordable to Canadians. All British Columbians, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or social status, should have equal opportunity to protect themselves from HPV and its associated diseases. We are urging the BC Government to expand the current school-based HPV vaccination program to include all genders.

We need your help! Write to your MLA to encourage the government to expand the publicly funded HPV vaccination program to include all genders.

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  • #HPVvaccine education campaign 

    Meet Tiffany Bond. A mother and cancer survivor whose type of throat cancer is related to HPV and may have been prevented by the vaccine. Tiffany was diagnosed at the age of 39.

    "I wish the vaccine had been available when I was younger," says Bond. "Having gone through what I went through, I cannot understand why parents would choose not to have their children vaccinated against HPV."

    It is the Canadian Cancer Society's priority to build awareness of the link between HPV and cancer for males and females, increase the uptake of the HPV vaccine in British Columbia, and advocate for all genders to be included in the school-based vaccination program.

    We urge British Columbia parents of girls in grade 6 to have their daughters vaccinated for free this fall through their school-based vaccination program. Talk to your healthcare provider to discuss vaccination options for your son and see if he is eligible for a free vaccine.

    Resources have been developed for individuals and organizations to use and share.


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    Visual Fact Sheet

    Key facts about the HPV vaccine - for use with parents, caregivers and youth. 

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    Infographic Poster

    Poster for use with parents or caregivers.

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    Poster

    Poster for use with youth audiences.

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    Postcard

    Postcard for use with parents or caregivers.

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    Questions? Visit Immunizebc.ca or contact our Cancer Information Service 1 888 939-3333 or info@cis.cancer.ca.

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  • Advocacy

    We believe all British Columbians, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or social status should have equal and affordable access to the HPV vaccine to protect themselves from HPV infection and associated cancers.

    Six provinces have committed to publicly funded school-based programs for all genders including: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

    The Canadian Cancer Society along with 25 health organizations from the dental, medical and public health field wrote a letter to Health Minister Terry Lake, Opposition Health Spokesperson Judy Darcy and Provincial Health Officer Dr Perry Kendall urging the BC Government to expand the publicly funded HPV vaccination program to include all genders. The Society will continue to advocate until equal and affordable access is available to all British Columbians.

    Click here to take action to write your MLA to encourage the government to expand the publicly funded HPV vaccination program to include all genders.

    Want to share your story? Email publicissues@bc.cancer.ca.

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