A sexually transmitted infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to the majority of cases of cervical cancer.
In this blog post, I will take you through the effectiveness of the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, where it can be gotten, and who uses it.
Effectiveness of Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Since its usage, quadrivalent type HPV infections among female teens between the ages of 14 and 19 and in women in their early 20s declined by 86% and 71%, respectively, in the ten years following the vaccine’s recommendation in the United States in 2006.
However, the cervical cancer vaccine can only prevent new HPV infections, it cannot cure already present HPV infections or illnesses.
It will only help to prevent infection by other strains of the virus.
Where Can Cervical Cancer Vaccine Be Gotten?
Health departments, school-based health centres, community health clinics, and doctor’s offices may all stock the HPV vaccine.
A referral can also be obtained if your doctor does not have the HPV vaccine.
To find out where to receive the HPV vaccine in your neighbourhood, you can also call your state’s health agency.
Note that cervical cancer vaccine is also known as HPV vaccine and as of today, there are 3 types available for use, which are:
- 9-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9, 9vHPV)
- qHPV vaccine (Gardasil, 4vHPV)
- bivalent HPV vaccine (Cervarix, 2vHPV).
Who Uses The Cervical Cancer Vaccine?
It is advised to get vaccinated against cervical cancer between the ages of 11 and 12.
Starting around age 9, cervical cancer vaccinations are available.
To protect themselves from HPV infections that can lead to cancer in the future, preteens must all receive the cervical cancer vaccine.
Teenagers and young adults up to age 26 who haven’t started or finished the HPV vaccine series also need to get vaccinated.
Anyone over the age of 26 should not get vaccinated unless recommended by a health specialist, because a greater number of people in this age group have already been exposed to HPV.