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HPV vaccine now funded for boys – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 31st, 2017.

As students head back to school this week, boys, as well as girls, will have funded access to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The rollout follows Pharmac’s decision last year to extend the vaccine programme. Though Gardasil is commonly known to protect against cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV) also causes other cancers in both men and women. […]

Changes to cervical cancer screening – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 14th, 2016.

From 2018, women will begin cervical screening at age 25 – instead of 20 – based on evidence that suggests screening younger women does more harm than good. The Ministry of Health announced the change today, with clinical director of the National Screening Unit Dr Jane O’Hallahan saying the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 90 […]

Wider access and protection with HPV vaccine funding – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Pharmac will extend funding for HPV vaccine Gardasil to also cover boys and will change the vaccine type to cover more varieties of HPV. Following public consultation, Pharmac announced several changes to the vaccination schedule, including funding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys. HPV can cause several types of cancer, including cervical and throat […]

UPDATED: Single dose HPV vaccine – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2015.

New international research indicates that just one dose of the Cervarix HPV vaccine – currently unavailable in New Zealand – could prevent the majority of cervical cancers. UPDATE: New comment below. Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) can protect against infection and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a range of other HPV related diseases […]

Coroner inquest and HPV vaccine – expert reponds

John Kerr posted in on August 9th, 2012.

Claims relating to vaccine safety are back in the media spotlight as an inquest into the unexplained death of teenager Jasmine Renata in 2009 continues.  The family has told the coroner they believe the death is linked to the Gardasil vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) that Ms Renata received six months earlier, and today […]

Australian HPV vaccination programme reduces STD – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2010.

AusSMC: Australia’s free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine program for young women has decreased the diagnosis of genital warts by 59 per cent in that age group. A University of New South Wales study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases has found that men may have also benefited from this positive spin-off, with a decrease in […]

Manawatu Standard: The best shot at protection

Peter Griffin posted in on April 29th, 2010.

Janine Rankin writes in the Manawatu Standard about the gardasil vaccine, which health experts are urging young women to use to protect themselves from infection by the HPV virus. The virus is known to cause cervical cancer in some women, and some experts are hailing the vaccine as a ‘major breakthrough’, although it has become […]

Newsletter Digest: Clean streams, factory farming and Gardasil

Peter Griffin posted in on March 19th, 2010.

Black spots in clean streams report The fact that the disappointing results outlined in the Clean Streams Accord report were so widely reported today demonstrates how highly we value our environment. The report paints a grim picture for many parts of the country – “significant non-compliance” with council rules among dairy farmers is at 15 […]

Vaccine safety experts blast media reporting on Gardasil

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 15th, 2010.

Several recent media reports have questioned the safety record of Gardasil, the human papiloma virus (HPV) vaccine offered free-of-charge to teenage girls in New Zealand, and have linked various adverse effects to the vaccine: Timaru Herald: Call to shelve vaccine over adverse reactions TVNZ Breakfast: Gardasil Timaru TVNZ: West Coast school refuses Gardasil vaccine Experts […]

The Press: Wait for coroner’s report for vaccinated teen

Peter Griffin posted in on February 4th, 2010.

Helen Murdoch of The Press reports that health officials are still waiting for the coroner’s report looking into whether the recent death of a teenage girl was due Gardasil. The vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer, was taken by a teenager who died in her sleep six months after completing her final dose. An excerpt: […]

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