A VACCINATION scheme being launched in Ellesmere Port and across the UK could save the lives of up to 400 young girls and women.
That’s the claim by health chiefs who are asking parents and carers of girls aged 12 and 13 for permission to have them inoculated against a virus that causes deadly cervical cancer.
West Cheshire Primary Care Trust’s school health advisors will initially show Year 7 girls in high schools in Ellesmere Port, Neston and Chester a presentation.
The advisers will follow this up, in September, with a consent letter to all parents and carers of girls in the new Year 8.
Three injections will be needed over six months.
Then, during 2009 and 2010, there will be a catch-up programme so girls leaving school after 2010 will be protected.
Parents/carers with concerns should contact the school health adviser.