Ontario's Grade 7 HPV Immunization Program
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a family of very common and contagious viruses. 75% of Canadians will be infected by HPV at least once in their lifetime. Strains of the virus can cause genital warts and many different types of cancer. Almost 100% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV.
HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Canada. Unfortunately, most sexually active people who have HPV are unaware that they have it, so the infection is often passed on to partners without even knowing it.
Starting in the 2016 school year, the HPV vaccine will be offered to all Grade 7 students in Ontario as part of the provincial school-based HPV vaccination program. Grade 8 girls will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine this year only. The immunization program for the HPV vaccine started in the 2007-2008 school year. The HPV vaccine can help prevent cancer and save lives.
More information about HPV and the HPV vaccine:
Canadian Cancer Society
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Ontario Ministry of Health