Single dose of vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

A doctor gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office on September 21, 2011 in Miami, FloridaA single vaccine shot, rather than the recommended triple dose, may be enough to protect women against cervical cancer, a study said on Wednesday. If further work validates the findings, there could be major gains for campaigns to vaccinate young women in poor countries, the authors said. The research looked at Cervarix, which with another vaccine, Gardasil, is being rolled out to shield young girls from the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.

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