Health unit plans Hepatitis B, HPV vaccine catch-up in schools

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says it will catch up on missed vaccinations for Hepatitis B, HPV (human papillomavirus) and meningococcal disease.

There were three groups of Grade 7 students who missed the shots due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were students in Grade 7 in the 2019 through 2021 school years (born in 2007, 2008 and 2009).

The health unit aims to give those shots to all three groups once the COVID-19 vaccinations are done this fall.

HPV is a sexually-transmitted disease that can lead to cancer or genital warts.

Meningococcal meningitis is a deadly bacterial infection spread by direct contact with saliva or mucus of an infected person. The infection, meningitis, attacks the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection, which can increase a person’s risk of liver failure, cancer or permanent scarring of the liver.