WA teens not having free anti-cancer jabs

Thousands of West Australian teenagers are missing out on protection against deadly cancers because they are not completing their full course of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Between 12 and 14 per cent of year eight students did not consent to the free HPV vaccination. Of those that did, 99 per cent – or 25,974 students – had the first dose, but only 97 per cent of females and 96 per cent of males had the second and only 90 per cent of females and 89 per cent of males the third. The vaccine protects against two HPV types known to…
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