HPV vaccination & prevention of HPV-causing cancers
Currently, both males and females aged 12 -13 years will receive the HPV vaccine at school. Additionally, males aged 14 – 15 years will also receive the HPV vaccine until the end of the 2014 school year, as part of a catch-up program.
HPV 16, 18 are high-risk strains which account for 70% of cervical cancers. HPV 16, 18 are responsible for an even greater percentage of non-cervical cancers, causing between 80-92% of anal, oral, oropharyngeal, vaginal and vulvar cancers. These strains also cause approximately 63% of penile cancers.G
In 2011, 64% of girls in Tasmania, turning 15 years, received the3 dose HPV vaccination through the national program. Tasmania had the lowest percentage of coverage of all the states and territories in Australia.H