First real-world data from UK shows the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is cutting cases of cervical cancer by almost 90%. Reductions in pre-cancerous growths and cervical cancer were less dramatic for older teenagers (14-18) who were immunized as part of the catch-up campaign. To read more about the study, visit https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02178-4/fulltext
Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women around the world. For maximum protection, people should get the vaccine before becoming sexually active, around the age of 11 or 12. Ontario students in grade 7 can get the vaccine for free.
For more information about the HPV vaccine, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-hpv-vaccine