HPV vaccine protects against cervical abnormalities

Young women who have the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are less likely to have cervical abnormalities found on Pap smears.

David C Whiteman led a team of researchers who looked at Queensland Health datasets after the introduction of the national HPV vaccination program. Women who were fully vaccinated were less likely to develop high-risk abnormalities that can lead to cervical cancer.

The study looked at the HPV vaccine that protects against four strains of the virus linked to cervical cancer. The national HPV vaccination program began in 2007.

Read more at The University of Queensland