Study: Girls may only need 2 shots to protect them against HPV
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Girls may not need three shots to protect them from the virus that causes cervical cancer.
A new study from Canada suggests two doses of the HPV vaccine may work just as well as the recommended three doses in protecting against infection.
In the study, girls who received two doses of the HPV vaccine had just as good of an immune response to the vaccine as women who received three doses, even three years after vaccination.
In studies of women, the HPV vaccine reduces the risk of developing early signs of cervical cancer and genital warts.
For now, researchers say females between the ages of 9 and 26 should still get the recommended three doses over six months because it’s too early to know the long term results of getting only two.
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