HPV Vaccine Program in Yukon to be Expanded

    HPV is a common virus spread mainly through sexual contact. It is estimated that three out of four sexually active people will get HPV at some point in their lives. HPV infection is related to almost all cases of cervical cancer, and many other HPV-related cancers in both males and females.

    The Government of Yukon is expanding the eligibility of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine program to include all Yukoners up to and including age 26.

    Previously the HPV vaccine was only available for girls age nine to 18 and boys age nine to 14. This expanded vaccine coverage will be publicly funded and will be available starting January 1, 2021.

    HPV is a common virus spread mainly through sexual contact. It is estimated that three out of four sexually active people will get HPV at some point in their lives. HPV infection is related to almost all cases of cervical cancer, and many other HPV-related cancers in both males and females.

    "We are pleased to be expanding the HPV vaccination program to include all individuals up to their 27th birthday. Expanding the eligibility for this immunization will offer more Yukoners protection from HPV-related cancers caused by HPV. Increased funding for public vaccine coverage was a recommendation in the Putting People First report and will improve Yukoners wellbeing and quality of life." Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

    The HPV vaccine is typically provided in schools starting when children in Grade 6. HPV immunization is most effective when it is administered before an individual is sexually active.

    HPV-9 is the vaccine for HPV administered in Yukon. Depending on the person’s age, either two or three doses of the vaccine are required.

    People who missed an HPV vaccination will be able to access the HPV-9 vaccine up to and including age 26. If a Yukoner has not received the vaccine in school, or has not received the required doses of the vaccine, they will be able to call their local health centre or local pharmacy to make an appointment.

    HPV infection is related to almost all cases of cervical cancer, 80 to 90 per cent of anal cancers, 40 per cent of vaginal and vulvar cancers, 40 to 50 per cent of penile cancers, 25 to 35 per cent of mouth and throat cancers, and over 90 per cent of genital warts.

    Expanding availability of the HPV vaccine is in line with a recommendation in the Putting People First report.

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