HPV jab works, study con­firms

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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