HPV vaccine helps protect young women

There is another vaccine to help protect girls from some sexually transmitted diseases and even cervical cancer, and has been in the making for years.

The vaccine is made differently than all other vaccines in the past.

According to Temple University Hospital's Chief OBGYN Dr. Enrique Hernandez, it is not made from a ‘live’ virus or even a ‘killed’ virus.

"They use information from the virus to build the coating of the virus. And it doesn't contain any DNA of the virus itself," said Hernandez.

Hernandez added, “it is also safe because it does not contain preservatives or antibiotics.”

The vaccine has gone through more than seven years of clinical trials.

Girls as young as nine years old are getting the vaccine and it is best to get it before a young woman becomes sexually active.

The HPV vaccine prevents most genital warts and 70%of cervical cancer cases.

According to doctors, it is a great breakthrough in women's health.

"If we are able to vaccinate all women for the viruses that cause the cervical cancer in two or so decades we should be able to eradicate cervical cancer," said Hernandez.

Gardasil is the only vaccine on the market and costs about $360; it is taken in three shots over a six month period and is covered by many insurance companies.


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