vaccine to protect against cervical cancer

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    Women for the first time have a vaccine to protect them against cervical cancer.

    The Food and Drug Administration approved use of the vaccine, Gardasil, for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26. It works by preventing infection by four strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease.

    This cancer kills 3,700 women each year in the United States and hundreds of thousands more worldwide.

    Gardasil, manufactured by Merck & Co. Inc., protects against the two types of HPV responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine also blocks infection by two other strains responsible for 90 percent of genital wart cases.

    Clinical trials showed Gardasil prevented 100 percent of cervical cancer related to the two HPV strains in women who had not been previously infected, Merck said.

    Merck is expected to market Gardasil as a cancer, rather than an STD, vaccine. It remains unclear how widespread will be the use of the three-shot series, in part because of its $360 list price. Conservative opposition to making the vaccine mandatory for school attendance may also curb its adoption.

    The target age for receiving Gardasil is low because the vaccine works best when given to girls before they begin having sex and run the risk of HPV infection. The vaccine may not protect people already infected and may increase their risk of the kind of lesions that can lead to cervical cancer, the FDA has said.
     
  2. Ala

    Ala Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Well Done .I like to see Issues being brought to the fore front , So we can discuss something that is a liitle to real , but its ok , l like ur info and input .As far as making tha Vaccione Mandatory for school attendancy , i say im all for it if its reallly that bad, that its evena thought to make it mandatory, I think they should do more research about the drug and My opinion its basically a drug that prevents a female from getting an STD , well theres where the problem arises as far as Americans Go , We are willing to let the drug take the place of teaching , Boy why is that such a scary word Teach , Educate,Learn ..Responsibility....As far as other countries are concerned with all the sex trafficaing of little girls and then with having a good portion of them being trafficted to the U.S.I would say all in all it would be a good i dea if say they had the choice at say 17 18 yrs of age to take it .
     
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    Why would Merck want to waste money and research on such as small population:

    3,700 US X $360.00 = $1,332,000

    Now if they make it MANDATORY then that means that figure could come to hundreds of millions of dollars.
     
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    Ala Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hear the yongest age for a girl to be given the vaccine is 9 yrs old .Well thats what i heard on the news this morning .
     
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