STL Index for: HPV Vaccine
HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) may indeed have a therapeutic role in patients who suffer from dermatologic conditions that are associated with various strains of HPV.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) has a predilection for infecting epidermal and mucosal surfaces such as those of the anogenital region. This article discusses presentations of HPV infections, and the role of HPV vaccines.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently released its recommendations for the use of the quadrivalent vaccine, which include: For use in females 9-26 years of age. The recommendations for the use of the bivalent vaccine will be available following its approval in Canada.
HPV vaccines are highly immunogenic and have an excellent safety profile. HPV vaccines promise to offer an exciting contribution to healthcare and cancer prevention. However, many questions remain concerning who to vaccinate, the duration of protection, cost, public acceptance, and the potential for worldwide distribution.