Since the cervical cancer vaccine program has been in place vaccinating adolescent school girls (and more recently boys) we have …
Since the cervical cancer vaccine program has been in place vaccinating adolescent school girls (and more recently boys) we have seen a dramatic decline in high grade PAP smear abnormalities for young women under the age of 25 in Queensland. The latest figures show we have 68.8% of eligible women fully immunized in Queensland.
The drop in abnormal PAP smears in young women who have been vaccinated is a whopping 46%! But we could be giving lifelong protection for more young women if we lift the vaccination rates higher and reduce the numbers of school children who are missing out.
In vaccinating boys we will further protect women against infection and possible cancer as it is estimated that about 80% of the non vaccinated population will get HPV infection which is silent until it causes cancer.
If you child misses a dose you can arrange a catch up with your GP.
For further information see http://hpv.health.gov.au/and:
Dr Fiona McGrath
(M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.O.G., Dip.O.G.)
Dr Fiona McGrath is one of the Sunshine Coasts leading GPs and has a strong interest in women’s health issues.
Originally trained in Victoria, she has a number of roles in Primary Care Health in Australia, including a role as trainer to registrars and serves on several boards, where she uses her experience and knowledge to help educate patients and the community about health issues.
She has extensive experience and a strong following on the Sunshine Coast and is available for appointments.
Call 075444 1522 to book an appointment with Dr Fiona.