VOLUNTEERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED IN APRIL
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.
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.