HPV Infections Markedly Reduced by Vaccinations

According to a recent story in The New York Times, “A vaccine introduced a decade ago to combat the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer has already reduced the virus’s prevalence in teenage girls by almost two-thirds, federal researchers said Monday.

Even for women in their early 20s, a group with lower vaccination rates, the most dangerous strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV, have still been reduced by more than a third.

‘We’re seeing the impact of the vaccine as it marches down the line for age groups, and that’s incredibly exciting,’ said Dr. Amy B. Middleman, the chief of adolescent medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, who was not involved in the study. ‘A minority of females in this country have been immunized, but we’re seeing a public health impact that is quite expansive.'”

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