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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How successful is the cervical cancer vaccine?

    My daughter is 13 and will be given the vaccine at school and I’m unsure if I should give my consent or not. Is it successful in preventing this cancer?
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  • ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    The Gardasil vaccine has near 100% efficacy in prevention of the precursors to cervical cancer due to types HPV 16 and HPV 18 which are responsible for about 70-80% of cervical cancer. It also protects against 90% of genital warts. It is very safe, and many hundreds of thousands of adolescent girls and young women have now had it will little ill effect apart from a sore arm, and some fainting. I would recommend it for your daughter as I would for any girl your daughters age who is healthy. 

    Associate Professor Rachel Skinner, University of Sydney

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