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FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Adults

Nov 26, 2018

FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For AdultsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 in adults aged 27 to 45.

The vaccine was previously approved for both males and females between 9 and 26. The new approval extends this target age group.

HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 150 types of HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that 80% of people will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives. Every year, about 14 million Americans become infected.

Most of the time, HPV infections clear up on their own without causing any symptoms. But certain types of HPV can lead to genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. Some head and neck cancers care caused by HPV as well.

Gardasil 9 protects against nine types of HPV, as long as a person has not been exposed to any of those types before. For this reason, experts recommend vaccination before a person becomes sexually active – before exposure to any HPV type.

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