Island Sexual Health Society Be informed, not surprised!

Free Cervarix program expanded to females 26 and under.

2013 July 03

We have just received awesome news about the expansion of the free Cervarix vaccination program!

Females 26 years of age and under can now access the Cervarix vaccine against HPV at no cost.

Cervarix vaccine prevents nearly 100% of HPV infections due to types 16 and 18 that cause 7/10 cases of cervical cancer. It does not provide any protection against the types of HPV that may cause genital warts. Immunize BC has more information on the vaccine and the free program for young women.

Vaccination is an important step in the prevention of HPV because HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and according to Immunize BC:

Each year in BC:

  • 150 women will get cervical cancer and 40 will die from the disease
  • 6,000 women will develop high risk cervical changes which are pre-cancerours
  • 10,000 invasive procedures will be done to prevent pre-cancerous changes in the cervix from turning into cancer.

To book an appointment for vaccination or for more information on HPV, please contact our offices at (250) 592-3479. We will only be offering the vaccination through our Quadra Street location.