FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Older Adults

  • FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Older Adults

FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Older Adults

The vaccine was 88% effective in preventing persistent infection; genital warts; precancerous cervical, vaginal, and vulvar lesions; and HPV-related cervical cancers (for types covered by the vaccine). "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has stated that HPV vaccination prior to becoming infected with the HPV types covered by the vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of these cancers, or 31,200 cases every year, from ever developing".

Brown has been working in Peru for more than 10 years and has conducted preliminary work on HPV vaccine acceptability in MSM.

Like so many people, when the Gardasil vaccine was first introduced a few years ago to help prevent certain cancers caused by human papillomavirus, I was pretty excited.

"The best way to prevent an HPV-related cancer of any kind is to get vaccinated against the HPV virus", said Ezra Cohen, MD, associate director for translational science at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health and head and neck oncologist.

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For women ages 27 to 45, the vaccine was studied in roughly 3,200 women who were followed for 3.5 years on average.

Using these results, the FDA approved the newer formulation - Gardasil 9, which protects against five additional strains - for people ages 27 through 45. Adverse reactions that were most frequently reported included injection site pain, swelling, redness and headaches. Other types, meanwhile, cause genital warts in males and females. Several vaccines are available that can prevent the majority of cervical, anal, and other genital cancers as well as oropharyngeal (middle throat) cancer.

FDA approves expanded use of Gardasil 9 to include individuals 27 through 45 years old. FDA. "At higher risk are people who have had multiple sexual partners in recent years and are still sexually active, or who are sexually active for the first time in many years, perhaps because of a relationship change".

She and Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, said people over 26 began asking doctors about the vaccine. Additionally, even if you already have HPV, the vaccine covers nine types of it, so it can offer protection against the one you don't have.

About 14 million Americans become infected with HPV every year, the CDC says.

HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, most commonly through sex.

Lastly, Merck cautioned that Gardasil 9 does not eliminate the necessity for women to continue to stay up to date with their recommended cervical cancer screenings. According to a report from the The New York Times, the FDA is now looking into making a recommendation for the use of the vaccine in older people for scenarios like these.