HPV vaccine a tough sell in parts of Canada; vaccination rates high in Quebec

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March 2, 2009

CALGARY - Government HPV vaccine programs for girls have been rolling out
across the country for more than a year now, but they're still a tough sell
for some Canadians.

All 10 provinces as well as the Yukon have implemented programs to provide
the Gardasil vaccine which protects against four strains of human
papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of genital warts and the agent
behind about 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases.

Governments have embraced the vaccine, but some parents, social commentators
and religious leaders have weighed in with concerns about its long-term
safety and efficacy. This has left a number of parents with reservations
about whether to have their daughters vaccinated.

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