Cancer vaccine possible for children

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  1. goodfella

    goodfella Guest

    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."
     
    goodfella, Jun 9, 2006
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  2. goodfella

    goodfella Guest

    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
     
    goodfella, Jun 9, 2006
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  3. Re: Cancer vaccine possible for children - NOT

    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.

    The Other Guy
     
    The Other Guy, Jun 9, 2006
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