Professor Ian Frazer, who is the developer of Gardasil vaccine for the Human Papillomavirus, has now been thinking of forwarding the same to school-aged boys also in the country, a recent report unveils.
As per the findings, since its introduction in 2007, the vaccine is only being offered to girls with a belief that they would be protected via herd immunity. And the same has even shown effective results.
But, Prof. Ian is of the opinion that extension of the provision of Gardasil to boys would ensure comparatively higher protection to girls. The reason behind the same is its power to fight genital warts, a common sexually-transmitted infection.
The HPV or the human papillomavirus is a bacterium that causes one to grow a mouth or throat cancer. And sometimes, it can even lead to a tumour of the genital tract. And the vaccine has proved an answerable treatment to the same.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has told that it has earlier helped in bringing the number of lesions in women to a notable low. Further, believing that it would cut the infections by almost a fourth, she totally favours the decision of the Prof.
It is being estimated that $21.1 million would be spent on the four-year scheme, including vaccine register, an information campaign and monitoring adverse reaction.