The CS who made the remarks on Wednesday during a HPV Vaccine Introduction to Stakeholders media breakfast at a Nairobi hotel, said the aim of the vaccine is to prevent cervical cancer which leads to nine deaths daily among women in the country.
It followed women who received the vaccine and linked to immunization records from the province's cervix screening program.
"Young women who received the vaccine were nearly 60% less likely to have any high-risk types for pre-cancerous cells so that's a very exciting story".
The study was conducted by researchers at BC Cancer, the BC Centre for Disease Control, B.C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the University of British Columbia.
She said the roll out of the vaccination exercise is supported by multi-sectoral stakeholders who include ministries of Education and the National Treasury, religious organizations, parliamentary committee for health, County governments' medical professional associations, and the cancer, child health and immunization civil society organizations.
Women included in the study received the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against two types of HPV responsible for approximately 70 per cent of all cervical cancers.
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"Ninety-two percent of people got the vaccine in school and we really are privileged in BC to have a school-based program where the nurses come into the schools and they can give it to young people as part of their school day so parents don't have to leave work to take their kids to a clinic or a physician". It can also cause anal and some rare penile cancers.
Although most HPV infections clear up on their own, some cause pre-cancerous lesions that can develop into cancer over time if they're not treated.
The study was recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
The HPV vaccine requires a series of shots, and Schroeder said it's very important to complete the entire series in order for the vaccine to do its job. The province says 200 women will get cervical cancer every year in B.C. and 50 will die from the disease.
It also says a third of students eligible for the vaccine in B.C. have not been fully immunized against HPV. HPV is so common that the majority of sexually active women get the virus at some point in their lives.
A version of this release originally appeared on the B.C. Ministry of Health website.