Calgary Catholic School Board Continues to Block HPV Vacinations
The National Post is reporting that the Calgary Catholic School Board continues to refuse to allow on school HPV vaccinations. The school board’s ongoing justification for the ban is the Bishop’s belief that the vaccination may lead to premarital sex. This is for a vaccine given to girls in grades 5 to 9. They present no evidence that their assertion is true while the vaccine is known to be highly effective at preventing the viral infection that leads to cervical cancer. This is a totally irresponsible position and is at odds with the vast majority of other Catholic school boards.
The net result is that Calgary Catholic Schools have a 18.9% vaccination rate while Edmonton’s is nearly 70%.
Read the National Post article: Calgary bishop’s HPV vaccine ban putting thousands of girls at risk: MDs