20 Oct 2008

Fiji pushes to vaccinate schoolgirls against cervical cancer before vaccine expires

11:21 am on 20 October 2008

Fiji is hurrying to vaccinate 32 thousand schoolgirls against cervical cancer, before its donated vaccine expires.

The drug manufacturer Merck Sharp and Dohme has given the cash strapped country 110 thousand doses of Gardasil -- enough to vaccinate all girls between the ages of nine and 12.

Fiji health authorities are now racing to give girls all three injections required before the June expiry date.

They say although negative media reports have put some parents off, Gardasil represents the only chance Fiji has to cut its high rate of cervical cancer.