WC targets thousands for HPV campaign

Officials of the Department of Health will administer vaccination to schoolgirls aged 9 to 14.

The HPV vaccine decreases the risk of cervical cancer in females that have not been exposed to the virus. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN -The department of health in the Western will be taking its vaccination initiative, aimed at preventing cervical cancer in women, to schools in the province this week.

Thousands of female pupils between the ages of 9 and 14 are to be vaccinated for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

The vaccine is aimed at averting cervical cancer among this group during adulthood.

Spokesperson Natasha Peterson said, "The importance of vaccinating girls at aged nine is that mostly around the fact that the younger that a girl is, the more her body will actually be able to take up the vaccination, so the more effective the vaccination will be."