The vaccine for HPV, or human papillomavirus, is available at the Sun Peaks Health Centre.
This one-time vaccination program is being offered to women in B.C. who were born in 1991, 1992 and 1993 to protect them from HPV infections that are known to cause almost all cases of cervical cancer. It’s estimated that the vaccine can prevent up to 70 per cent of these cancers.
The vaccine is provided in a series of three doses over a six month period.
“It’s available every Monday and Thursday,” explains Sun Peaks Health Clinic administrator Marg Kosolofski. “(But) check the website to make sure a doctor is scheduled in. Also, our nurse practitioner will administer it on the last Monday of the month. Her clinic requires an appointment between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. by calling during our open hours.”
Women who want to receive the vaccine but don’t fall into the eligible age range can consult with their physician or pharmacist about purchasing the vaccine. All women, even those who have received the HPV vaccine, are encouraged to continue to get regular Pap tests, as the vaccine does not protect against all cancer-causing strains of the virus.