Another use for a controversial vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/09

Another use for a controversial vaccine

By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer is approved for girls and young women age 9 to 26 but a new study finds the shot could help older women as well. 

With changes in sexual behavior and the increasing divorce rate, more middle-aged adults are finding new sexual partners. Researchers in south America tried the HPV vaccine on about 2000 women between age 24 and 46 with no history of an STD. 

Two years after the vaccine, they found just four cases of HPV, indicating the vaccine might be 90% effective in that older age group.

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