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Horizon Health Network’s Public Health to offer in-school immunizations

The 2017-2018 In-school Immunization Campaign will begin this fall. Students in grades seven and nine, in Fredericton, Miramichi and Saint John and surrounding areas will be offered vaccines to protect them from several diseases such as HPV, tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis and whooping cough.  The best way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases is through immunization. 

The HPV vaccination is now available to include all Grade 7 students.   

Vaccination is up to 90 per cent effective at preventing the HPV types responsible for most HPV-related cancers and genital warts. In 2016, the Canadian Cancer Society estimated that nearly 4,400 Canadians would be diagnosed with an HPV cancer and about 1,200 Canadians would die from an HPV cancer. Research has shown vaccination provides the best levels of protection (antibodies) in girls between the ages of 9 and 13, and it is believed that the data would be the same for all those who receive the vaccine. Further information can be found at www.hpvinfo.ca or by contacting your local Public Health office. 

Information and consent forms for immunizations will be sent home with the students  and must be signed and returned to the school.

Immunizations offered are:

 

Vaccine

Protects Against

For

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

HPV, the leading cause of many cancers

All grade seven students

Two-dose series given six months apart   Students with a weakened immune system should receive three doses

Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine

Tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)

All grade seven students

Meningitis vaccine

Four types of Meningitis

All grade nine students

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

Chickenpox

Grade nine students born in 2003 who have not received 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine or have not had natural chickenpox disease after one year of age (confirmed by a blood test)

For more information about school immunizations, please call:

Horizon Health Network:                                                                             

Fredericton:  506 453-5200
Saint John:     506 658-2454
Miramichi:     506 778-6102

 

For more information contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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