A new vaccine designed to protect against the human papilloma virus prevents 90 per cent of cervical cancers, scientists have claimed The vast majority of cervical cancers could be prevented thanks to a new vaccine designed to target the human papilloma virus, scientists claim. The new vaccine offers significantly greater protection than the current vaccine, Gardasil, which protects against only two cancer-causing types of HPV. In the UK, the current vaccine is offered to girls aged 12-13; in the US, HPV vaccines are offered to those aged 11 and 12. The new jab protects against nine strains of the virus, seven of which cause most cases of cervical cancer. Scientists at Queen Mary University in London found the new vaccine, Gardasil 9, is 97 per cent effective at protecting against high-grade cervical, vulvar and vaginal disease caused by five types of HPV. It is also as effective as the current vaccine in preventing diseases triggered by four HPV strains. Scientists examined the vaccine’s effectiveness when given to more than 14,200 women, aged 16 to 26 years old. Professor Jack Cuzick from the university, who co-authored the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said: ‘This is a… Read full this story
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