Guam – Since January of this year, the Guam Department of Education, the Department of Public Health and Social Services and Guam Cancer Care have partnered to conduct HPV vaccine outreaches at the islands public middle schools and high schools.
The partnership aims to give vaccines to students who otherwise might not have access to it, as the medicine is most commonly provided through private health plans.
The program visited Okkodo and Simon Sanchez high schools today.
“So, we launched this program in January and so as of February we started the clinics which are in all of the public middle schools and high schools. So, school ends around May, so that will be our last clinic. But since then, the key is just to, research has been shown that the HPV vaccine has been proven to prevent cancer, so that’s really the initiative goal, is to prevent cancer within our island,” said Guam Cancer Care, cancer outreach coordinator Rhythm-Armani Blas.
While the school year is close to over, the partnership looks towards next school year to continue their HPV vaccination outreach.