Just FYI, Canada is on the same track. (Perhaps the Aussie's are copying us???)
This made the news a day ago:
Boys should have access to free HPV
immunization, currently only available for girls, in order to protect more people against cancer, a growing chorus of Canadian doctors say...
This week, the Canadian Cancer Advocacy Coalition called on provinces to pay for the vaccine for boys, too. In January, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended HPV
vaccination for males aged nine to 25.
"Now is the time for governments to apply universal vaccine coverage for our boys and our girls to protect them from disease in the future," the coalition's report concluded.
The more common HPV
vaccine, Gardasil, was initially only approved in Canada for use in girls and young women, but Health Canada expanded approval to males in 2010. Another vaccine, Cervarix, is only approved for use in females.
Two strains of HPV
are thought be responsible for:
80% to 90% of anal cancers.
40% to 50% of penile cancers.
35% of oropharyngeal cancers.
25% of oral cavity cancers.
"The thought is if we vaccinate men, that will contribute to protecting women as well," said London, Ont.-based physician Marina Salvadori, the Canadian Pediatric Society's representative to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. "So they don't spread the viruses to each other, both groups are protected from cancer and it's a win-win all round."
Where I live in Canada (Manitoba), Grade 6 girls are vaccinated for HPV
free of charge since the 2008-2009 school year as follows:
"Manitoba Health introduced a voluntary, publicly-funded vaccine program for Grade Six girls starting in the school year 2008-2009. The program is delivered by public health nurses. Before any individual receives the immunization, information about HPV
infections, the vaccine, and a consent form will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians."