Washington: In a typical evidence of herd protection, it has been found that women who do not get the cervical cancer jab can see their risk of developing the disease half, thanks to their peers who are immune to the disease.The Cincinnati Children`s Hospital Medical Center study, demonstrated that how a vaccinated critical mass of people in a community, decreased the Human Papillomavirus infection rates among un-immunized individuals as well. “Infection with the types of HPV targeted by the vaccine decreased in vaccinated young women by 69 percent," Jessica Kahn, MD, MPH, a physician in the division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children``s and lead author of the study said.“Two of these HPV types, HPV-16 and HPV-18, cause about 70 percent of cervical cancer. Thus, the results are promising in that they suggest that vaccine introduction could substantially reduce rates of cervical cancer in this community in the future.”The first HPV vaccine, which was licensed for use in the United States in June 2006, has been recommended for girls and women between the ages of 11 and 26 to reduce rates of HPV infection, which ultimately can lead to cervical cancer.In 2006 and 2007, Dr. Kahn and team recruited 368 young women between the ages of 13 and 16 from two primary care clinics in the city of Cincinnati.
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