Australian school-aged boys will be able to receive the Gardasil vaccine, protecting them against developing a range of cancers.
Boys aged 12 to 13 will receive the vaccine through school-based programs under the National Immunisation Program. Year 9 boys will also be able to get the vaccine at school under a catch-up program for the next two years.
Providing the HPV vaccine to boys will protect them and increase the effectiveness of the vaccination program for girls.
The vaccine protects against four important genotypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and over 23 million people have been vaccinated in more than 70 countries around the world.