HPV Vaccine: Calgary Catholic Schools To Review Policy Against Student Vaccinations

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The Calgary Catholic School District, the only school district in Canada not allowing HPV student vaccinations, will review the controversial policy. (Alamy) | Alamy

CALGARY - Calgary's Catholic school district is going to review its policy against allowing students to be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical and other types of cancers.

Four years ago, the district said No to the HPV vaccine, a position that was strongly supported by Calgary Bishop Fred Henry, who opposed the vaccine on moral and religious grounds.

The district's board of trustees now says because of recent medical studies it will consult with parents about offering the vaccine to Grade 5 girls.

The Calgary Catholic district is the only school board in a major Canadian city that doesn't allow students to receive the HPV vaccination at school.

Earlier this month, researchers published a study in the journal Pediatrics that says the HPV vaccine has not been linked to increased sexual activity in girls.

A group called HPV Calgary said last month it may launch a legal challenge against the school district over its anti-vaccine policy.

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