SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE

SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE

June 05, 2007 08:01 ET

Photo Op: Canada's first hospital-based HPV vaccine clinic to open

Two sisters are the first to be vaccinated at the clinic

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - The first HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine Clinic based in a Canadian hospital will open its doors on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre clinic is located at 76 Grenville Street, and will provide vaccinations, education and counseling for women in order to help reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted HPV infection and ultimately the possible onset of cervical cancer.

Join us to photograph the clinic's first vaccinations, a 27-year-old medical resident who has encouraged her younger sister to get the vaccine with her.

DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 2007
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: 76 Grenville Street (Women's College Hospital site), 5th floor - 5 South

"Three out of four Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime. Our goal is to reach the young women who need the vaccine, Gardasil?, most and let them know that this service is available," says Dr. Nancy Durand, gynaecologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer and is also linked to vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers. With routine Pap smears, condom use and HPV vaccination, women can decrease risk of cervical cancer by 70 per cent and genital warts by 90 per cent.

Media contact:
Marie Sanderson, marie.sanderson@sunnybrook.ca, 416.967.8554
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