PEI first province to offer GARDASIL® to boys in school

Canadian parents support vaccinating boys in publicly funded programs 
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KIRKLAND, QC, April 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Prince Edward Island became 
the first province in Canada to extend its publicly funded school-based HPV 
vaccination program to boys. The program will use GARDASIL(®) [Quadrivalent 
Human Papillomavirus (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Recombinant Vaccine], the only HPV 
vaccine indicated and recommended for boys and men. 
In 2007, The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended 
the quadrivalent HPV vaccine to protect Canadian girls and women aged 9 to 26 
against a broad spectrum of HPV-related diseases. In 2012, NACI updated and 
strengthened its statement related to the use of HPV vaccines and recommended 
the use of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine in males between 9 to 26 years of 
age.(1) 
"PEI was one of the first provinces to follow NACI's recommendations by 
introducing school-based HPV vaccination programs to girls in 2007. PEI's 
decision to include boys is an important milestone in protecting both males 
and females against the diseases that can result from HPV infection such as 
genital warts and anal-genital cancers," said Dr. Mauricio Ede, Medical 
Director, Medical Affairs at Merck Canada. "Both males and females contribute 
to the spread of HPV and both develop diseases as a result of HPV infection." 
More recently, The Canadian Medical Association adopted a resolution that 
calls for public funding to vaccinate both girls and boys for human 
papillomavirus.(2) 
A national survey conducted in March 2011 by Ipsos Reid(3), commissioned by 
Merck, showed that: 


    --  85% of parents of males would allow their son to get vaccinated
        against HPV if it was offered through a publicly-funded program
        at his school
    --  88% of parents support the assertion that boys should be
        vaccinated against HPV in the same program as girls
    --  91% of parents agree that vaccinating both boys and girls
        against HPV would provide greater protection than vaccinating
        girls alone

Australia, a country to which Canada is often compared, extended its national 
school-based HPV vaccination program to boys aged 12-13, earlier this year. It 
includes a catch-up program for 14 to 15 year-olds until the end of the 2014 
school year.(4)

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(1) Public Health Agency of Canada Web site. Accessed at: 
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/12vol38/acs-dcc-1/index-eng.php 
(2 )The Canadian Medical Association Web site. Accessed at: 
http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Annual_Meeting/2012/
resolutions/2012GC-Resolutions_en.pdf. See pg 4 resolution 47. 
(3) Ipsos Reid factum issued on January 19, 2012. Accessed at: 
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/907763/nine-in-ten-88-canadian-parents-support-
vaccinating-boys-against-hpv-through-public-program-at-school 
(4) Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing Web site. Available 
at: 
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-hpv

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Sheila Murphy Merck 514-428-2748

Quebec Roch Landriault NATIONAL Public Relations 514-843-2345

Alberta Dan Brennan NATIONAL Public Relations 403-690-4556  

SOURCE: Merck Canada Inc.

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