No catch-up with nonavalent HPV vaccine

Teens already vaccinated against HPV will not be offered a free catch-up when the nine-valent (9vHPV) vaccine is introduced to the schedule next year, immunisation specialists propose.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends that the National Immunisation Program switch to the new vaccine but girls and youths who’ve already completed a course of quadrivalent vaccine will have to seek a private script if they want extra protection.

Gardasil 9 covers another five oncogenic HPV types (31, 33, 45, 52 and 58,