One dose of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

One dose of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancerA single dose — rather than the recommended three — of a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease HPV may be enough to ward off cervical cancer, researchers said Monday. The findings may lead to simpler delivery and lower costs, possibly increasing the number of young people who get vaccinated, said the report in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys before they become sexually active, but US research from 2012 showed that only one third of US female teens and fewer than seven percent of US boys got the recommended three doses. "Our findings suggest promise for simplified vaccine administration schedules that might be cheaper, simpler, and more likely to be implemented around the world," said Mahboobeh Safaeian, an investigator in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland.

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