The latest Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to be released and is a follow up to the existing older vaccine.
The vaccine has actually just been approved by the US FDA for use in people up to 45 years of age.
As you may already know, high risk strains of HPV can lead to cancer. The most common is cervical cancer in women.
Two known strains, 16 and 18, cause the majority of cervical cancers (70%) and the previous vaccine helped to cover against these as well as 2 strains that cause genital warts (strains 6 and 11).
The new vaccine covers a total of 9 HPV strains. It includes the 4 covered by the previous vaccine (6, 11, 16 and 18) and now also covers strains 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. These last five strains account for a further 25% of all cervical cancers in women.
Therefore by getting vaccinated with the new vaccine, you can reduce your cervical cancer risk by 95%.
The vaccine can be taken by those not previously vaccinated as well as those who have had the prior vaccine and the results shown are similar.
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