Monday 29 December 2014

HPV vaccine helps protect against cervical changes

THE HPV vaccine, which is offered to secondary school girls in Ireland and other countries, offers significant protection against cervical abnormalities in young women, according to a study.
THE HPV vaccine, which is offered to secondary school girls in Ireland and other countries, offers significant protection against cervical abnormalities in young women, according to a study.

THE HPV vaccine, which is offered to secondary school girls in Ireland and other countries, offers significant protection against cervical abnormalities in young women, according to a study.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause warts, with some strains causing cervical cancer.

Four years after the introduction of a routine and catch up HPV vaccination programme, the researchers from Australia estimate that, after adjusting for demographic factors that differed between the groups studied, three doses of the vaccine provided 46 per cent protection against high grade cervical abnormalities and 34 per cent protection against other cervical abnormalities in women who had not commenced screening prior to vaccination.

The researchers also found that two doses of the vaccine provided 21 per cent protection against both high grade and other cervical abnormalities.

There was no significant protection from one dose.

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