HPV brochure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents

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Brochure – Important information for parents National HPV Vaccination Program

This HPV vaccination is not just for girls, but us fellas too.

That’s right cuz, and make sure you get your parents to say ‘yes’ and sign the consent form.

Did you know that HPV can cause some cancers and disease in women?

Yeah, and it’s important to get all three doses of the HPV vaccination.

Important information for parents National HPV Vaccination Program

  • Helps prevent HPV-related cancers and disease
  • For young men and women
  • Complete the consent form

This HPV vaccination is important for young fellas, as well as girls.

I’m glad we’ve talked about it. Now I know why it’s important to get the HPV vaccination.

Important information for parents and guardians 

In 2013, a national vaccination program will be rolled out across Australia to protect young men and women against cancers and disease caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

It is a free school-based program. Community health clinics will deliver vaccinations in some remote areas. If your child’s education is not school-based (eg. online studies), contact your local health department for advice on where to get the vaccine. Check with your school when vaccinations are planned to be sure your child doesn’t miss out on the free vaccination.

The program is for young people aged 12 – 13 years. Until the end of 2014, young men aged 14 -15 years can also have the vaccine for free. Parents or guardians who give permission for their child to be vaccinated are giving them the best protection against HPV related cancers and disease later in life.

Say ‘yes’ to protecting everyone from HPV-related cancers and disease

What is HPV?

HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus – it’s a virus that can be passed from one person to another person through sexual contact. It is a common virus and four out of five people will have a HPV infection at some point in their lives. Usually people can’t tell if they have it. HPV affects everyone and can stay in the body for a long time. It can damage cells in the body which can lead to some cancers and disease.

HPV and young people

Young people are the future and they need the best start in life. That’s a big reason why having the HPV vaccine is so important. By saying ‘yes’ to the HPV vaccination for your child, you are giving them the best protection against HPV-related cancers and disease.

There are three doses of the vaccine

The HPV vaccine is given by injection in the arm, and your child will need three injections over six months. The vaccine works best when it’s given before young men and young women become sexually active.

Your consent will help stop the spread of HPV

To vaccinate your child, say ‘yes’ by signing the school consent form. When you have completed the form, you will need to return it to the school. In some remote areas, vaccinations will be done by community health clinics, so speak with them about signing the consent form.

Why it’s important

In the past, the vaccine has only been given to young women, mainly to protect them against cervical cancer. From 2013, the HPV vaccination will also be free for young men. The HPV vaccine protects young men against developing genital warts and some genital cancers, such as penile cancer. Vaccinating young men will also help to reduce the spread of the virus.

Are there any side effects?

The HPV vaccine has been tested to make sure that it’s safe. So far, almost seven million doses of the vaccine have been given in Australia. With any kind of vaccination some people may experience mild side effects like soreness, swelling, redness on the arm, mild temperature and/or feeling faint. If you have any concerns following your child’s vaccination, contact your doctor, immunisation provider, community health clinic or local department of health.

More information is available on the HPV Vaccination Program website or freecall 1800 671 811*

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