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GWHS to kick off free immunization program

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George Washington High School will be the first school of the year to participate in the free immunization program on Jan. 15.

The partnership between the Guam Department of Education, Department of Public Health and Social Services and Guam Cancer Care launched last year.   

During School Year 2017-2018, over 1,000 shots were given, 649 for the HPV vaccine.

The immunizations are free for students with no insurance.

"We do encourage all parents to do their due diligence in researching the vaccine before making an informed decision to vaccinate their child," Rhythm Blas, Guam Cancer Care outreach coordinator said. "Studies have shown that the HPV vaccine has been a cancer preventive vaccinations, so this is something we want to push because we know and we believe that if the students get vaccinated, we're preventing cancer within our island community."

Interested students must fill out consent forms with parent signatures to turn into school nurses by Tuesday.

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