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What if there was a way to protect your child from some cancers?

August 2020

As parents, we all want to protect the health and well-being of our children, so it is great to know there are many effective vaccines out there.

The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), an infection that 8 in 10 people will get.

Getting vaccinated against HPV can prevent some cancers. HPV causes cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, mouth, throat, anus, and penis.

The vaccine works best if it is given before a person is exposed to HPV. That is why children in Manitoba are vaccinated in grade six. Most children get the vaccine at school, where the first dose is given in the fall and the second dose is given in the spring. This requires parents to sign a consent form, which will come home from your child’s school, along with an information sheet.

If your child misses the school vaccination program, they can receive the vaccine from their healthcare provider, from a public health nurse, or from most pharmacists. The vaccine is free in Manitoba for females born in 1997 and later and for males born in 2002 and later.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to access the vaccine, or visit preventHPVcancers.ca for more information.

Protect your children’s future. Get the HPV vaccine.

Kelly Bunzeluk
CancerCare Manitoba

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