New version of vaccine to protect from more cancers

A new version of a vaccine which protects against several deadly cancers will be rolled out across Australian high schools next year.

 

The new Gardisil 9 vaccine will protect recipients against nine strains of Human Papillomavirus.

That's five more than the old one.

A new version of a vaccine which protects against several cancers will be rolled out to schools. Photo: AAP

Some strains of HPV are responsible for around five per cent of cancers worldwide - including cervical cancer and some form of throat cancers.

It will be provided free of charge to all 12 to 13 year old students from next year.

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