Parent’s encouraged to consent lifesaving vaccination for girls
By Nomsa Zwane
Parents and care givers in Gauteng have been urged to allow their children to take part in this year’s HPV Vaccination campaign.
The Gauteng Departments of Health and Education are leading the campaign aimed at protecting girls from being infected with Human Papilloma-virus.
The HPV vaccine is most effective in preventing cervical cancer.
The vaccine can however only be given to young girls who have not yet started having sex as it works only as prevention and not a cure.
The campaign is targeting all grade 4 girls in Public Primary and special Schools.
Health Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said the department has decided to partner with the Education department to make the campaign a success.
“We call on parents and care givers to cooperate with us and to sign the consent form to allow the children to be immunised,” he said.