Young women shun GardasilClick through for the whole article.
Less than a third of New Zealand schoolgirls have received the controversial cervical cancer vaccine, as health concerns persist around the $177 million programme.
The Labour Government launched the Gardasil programme in September last year, with the aim of immunising 300,000 Kiwi schoolgirls over the next two years.
Latest figures show 26 per cent of 12 to 16-year-olds and 35 per cent of 17 and 18-year-olds have received the first of three Gardasil doses.
One advocate conceded the numbers are "very low"...
Now I've included the title (in bold) because it ticks me off. Signed parental consent is necessary for most schoolgirls to access this vaccination programme. It may well be that the so-called shunning is not originating with those who would be vaccinated but with their parents. So perhaps the heading could reflect that?
In related news I did get a response to my OIA asking for the list of schools who declined to offer the vaccine, and I hope to blog about it when I get time to read it properly.