Vaccine-type HPV Prevalence in US Declines 71% Among US Teen Girls
Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency is excited to share recently released data from the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Conferenceconfirming the far reaching benefit of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination.
Since the HPV vaccine was first introduced in the United States in 2006, researchers observed a 71% decline in the prevalence of the four HPV types targeted by vaccination among girls aged 14 to 19 years in 2014. HPV prevalence also decreased by 61% among young women aged 20 to 24 years.
The data, which were presented at CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference, demonstrated an even higher decline of 91% among vaccinated girls and young women aged 14 to 24 years who report being sexually active.
“This study shows in a nationally representative population that the HPV vaccination program has reduced vaccine-type HPV among teen girls and young women. This adds to the body of evidence that vaccination can prevent HPV infectionsthat can cause cancer,” Sara E. Oliver, MD, MSPH,an EIS officer for the CDC, told Infectious Disease News. “We’ve seen the largest reductions in vaccinated females, but we are also seeing declines among unvaccinated females, which is an extra benefit of the vaccination program.”
“This is the first national study in the United States that showed a decrease in [HPV prevalence among] unvaccinated females,” Oliver said. “This continues to provide support that the HPV vaccination program is working and that clinicians need to continue to provide a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination for adolescent males and females.” originally reported by Stephanie Viguers
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