High uptake of Gardasil vaccine among 9 - 12-year-old schoolgirls participating in an HPV vaccination demonstration project in KwaZulu-Natal Province
Aim. To demonstrate the capacity of school health teams to carry out vaccinations within a school environment.
Objectives. To assess the uptake of 3 doses of the vaccine, document lessons learnt and provide recommendations for a national rollout of school-based HPV vaccination for learners.
Methods. Female learners (age 9 - 12 years) from 31 primary schools in Nongoma and Ceza districts (KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa) were identified for inclusion in the vaccination programme. The 3 doses of vaccine were administered by existing school health teams. Education and training sessions were held with all stakeholders: provincial departments of health and education; school health teams; primary healthcare nurses; hospital doctors and nurses; private practitioners; school principals, teachers and governing bodies; parents; and community and traditional leaders.
Results. The overall uptake of the vaccine was found to be high: 99.7%, 97.9% and 97.8% for the first, second and third doses respectively (N=963). No adverse events were attributed to the HPV vaccine.
Conclusion. This project demonstrated the successful implementation of HPV vaccination among learners (ages 9 - 12 years) using school health teams.
Indres Moodley, Department of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
V Mubaiwa, Provincial Department of Health, Pietermaritzburg
L Denny, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
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Date published: 2013-03-01
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