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Nursing students, health department partner to provide free HPV vaccines

Post Date:01/25/2017 8:31 a.m.
  • No fee, no insurance required for Feb. 10 event on WCC’s campus.

  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) can lead to cancer. 

  • Initial HPV infection most common in teens to early 20 year olds.

Whatcom Community College (WCC) nursing students will partner with the Whatcom County Health Department to provide free HPV vaccines for Whatcom County residents ages 19 to 26 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in rooms 107 and 108 of the Syre Student Center on WCC’s campus. There is no fee for qualified adults who meet the age requirement and are un-insured or under-insured.  No appointments are necessary; participants should expect registration and vaccination to take 30 minutes.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, about 14 million people in the United Stated become newly infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) each year. Initial HPV infection is most common in people in their teen years or early 20s. Both men and women can get HPV and can spread it to others without realizing they have the virus. HPV can lead to cancer.

The HPV vaccinations are made possible in part by a grant from the Group Health Foundation. For more information regarding the event, contact Grace Kolodychuk, WCC nursing program, gkolodyc@whatcom.edu.

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