Year 7 HPV Vaccine: Advice from the Department of Education

Year 7 immunisations are currently scheduled for Monday, 19 March. The Victorian Department of Education and Training has issued the following advice:

It has been brought to our attention that an email is circulating from anonymous anti-vaccination campaigners to some Victorian schools and families regarding the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, GARDASIL®9, which is given in Year 7 in the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program. The information is incorrect and deliberately alarming.

The HPV vaccine GARDASIL®9 protects against seven HPV types which cause over 90 per cent of cervical cancer in women and over 90 per cent of HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against an additional two HPV types which cause 90 per cent of genital warts. 

The consent forms distributed to families through the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program provide a credible and comprehensive outline of the benefits and possible side effects of the HPV vaccine. 

Safety research and testing is an essential part of developing vaccines. Every vaccine included in the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program has passed strict safety testing before being approved for use by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 

Any school or family who receives this email and has concerns is encouraged to visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Immune Hero website or Better Health Channel for further evidence-based advice on the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines and the diseases they protect against:

Please inform the College if you receive this anti-vaccination email as we have been asked to notify the Department.