Monday, March 12, 2007

HPV vaccine may be offered free in year or two, health unit say

Here's another story that discusses Gardasil not being covered by a provincial government yet. There's not much doubt about the reasons -- it's about the cost. I suspect that it will eventually be covered. Hopefully it happens sooner as opposed to later.

From the Brockton (Ont.) Recorder and Times:
Although residents here are aware of a new vaccine that protects young women from a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer, there aren't many who are shelling out for it.

Still, Jane Futcher believes it's a matter of time until girls will be eligible to receive Gardasil - a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) currently sold for around $450 - free of charge.

"I expect it will be a publicly funded vaccine in the next few years," said Futcher, the director of clinical services at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. "It's good public health and I can expect that the ministry (of health) will fund it at some point," Futcher said. ...more

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