How effective is the HPV vaccine 8 years after initial vaccination? That's the question researchers wanted to answer in a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
They included nearly 1,700 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 15 who were divided into two groups. The first received 3 doses of the HPV vaccine on day one, month two and month six. The placebo group received the same regimen, but not until two and a half years later.
All of the participants were then followed for 96 months. The results: both groups showed vaccination-induced anti-HPV response 8 years later, and no new, significant adverse effects were reported.
Also, none of the pre-teens who received the HPV vaccine at a mean age of 12 developed disease related to the virus types covered by the vaccine.
The researchers say HPV vaccination is extremely important in the fight to reduce cervical and other HPV- related cancers, and they hope their findings help reassure health care providers, patients and families.
Current recommendations call for boys and girls 11 or 12 years of age to receive 3 HPV shots over 6 months. Annual compliance is currently around 33%. The goal is to reach 80% by the year 2020.
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