HPV jab works, study confirms
PARENTS have been assured of the effectiveness of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, which is given to teenage schoolgirls.
A new review confirms the jab helps to protect against cervical cancer by preventing the cells of the cervix from changing into pre-cancerous cells.
The findings come in the wake of a fall-off and then moderate recovery of the uptake of the vaccine in Ireland.
Researchers pooled results from 25 trials worldwide involving more than 70,000 girls and young women. After looking at the evidence, they reported that the HPV vaccine provides excellent protection against the development of pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
The review by the Cochrane Collaboration found that vaccinating girls before they have HPV works best, reducing the risk of getting pre-cancerous cells linked to the most dangerous strains. Vaccinating women aged 26 and over, and those who have already been infected, also cuts risk, but not as dramatically. See hpv.ie for more info.