City of Casey encourages parents to vaccinate young people against HPV

The City of Casey is urging parents and guardians to safeguard their children’s health by ensuring they have received the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation. This call to action is being reinforced via a free catch-up program for any adolescents who missed their 2020 and 2021 secondary school vaccinations, including a Council-run after hours immunisation event in Narre Warren.

HPV is a common virus that can cause a variety of serious health problems, including cervical cancer, genital warts, and other HPV-related cancers. To be most effective, HPV vaccination should be delivered prior to commencement of sexual activity, which creates the opportunity for infection.

Council understands the pandemic made it difficult for some young people to get their vaccinations, and that it is now important for young people to catch up on the free and widely available vaccinations.

The safe and effective HPV vaccine is the best way to protect young people from these diseases. Council encourages parents, guardians and young people themselves to be proactive in organising attendance, if they haven’t already been vaccinated.

The after-hours HPV vaccination event is happening at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren on Saturday 28 October 2023, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Bookings can be made on the City of Casey website. If you have any enquiries, please contact the City of Casey Immunisation Team on 03 9705 5200.

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