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goodfella
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      06-09-2006
Cancer vaccine possible for children
Julie Robotham, Medical Editor
June 10, 2006


PREADOLESCENT girls could be immunised against cervical cancer in a
national school-based program from as early as next February after the
federal Health Department confirmed that it was about to approve a
vaccine.

A department spokeswoman, Kay McNiece, said the Australian Drug
Evaluation Committee had recommended the vaccine Gardasil, pioneered by
the Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer. That means doctors
will be allowed to prescribe it as soon as the department's Therapeutic
Goods Administration gives final approval to dose information and
warnings on its packaging.

The department had already begun discussions with the vaccine's
manufacturer about a national program, Ms McNiece said. This would be
subject to cabinet approval.

Recommended for girls over nine and women up to 26, Gardasil protects
against strains of the human papilloma virus that together cause
two-thirds of cervical cancer cases. Scientists believe it will be most
effective in childhood, before exposure to the common sexually
transmitted virus, which is usually harmless.

Rachel David, the director of public affairs at CSL Ltd, which holds
the licence to sell Gardasil in Australia, said the company had
proposed a national program in late primary school and a catch-up
program for high school students. Subject to agreement on government
subsidies, that could start in the 2007 school year, she said. In the
meantime, the vaccine would be available only through GPs, with women
or parents bearing the full cost. In the US the three jabs will cost
$US360 ($484), it was announced yesterday following Gardasil's approval
there by the Food and Drug Administration.

However, Dr David said the price would be lower here, and suggested it
could be around $300.

The president of the Public Health Association of Australia, Cathy
Mead, said: "If it was that price and only in the private sector, I
wouldn't expect there to be much take-up at all."

 
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      06-09-2006

My apologies .. somehow i started off at the nz.comp unintentionally

It is great news but not specifically comp news and for that i do
apologise

 
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      06-09-2006
goodfella wrote:
> Cancer vaccine possible for children
> Julie Robotham, Medical Editor
> June 10, 2006


This is NOT a cancer vaccine, it protects against HPV. HPV is very
common, and is not only sexually transmitted as the article suggests.

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