One dose of HPV vaccine is enough for women under 21, WHO says

In addition, WHO experts continue to recommend two doses six months apart for women over the age of 21.

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“About every two minutes a woman dies” Cervical cancer around the world commemorated on Monday, May 11 The Chair of the WHO Expert Committee on Vaccination Policy, Dr. Alejandro Cravioto. This disease is almost always caused by a sexually transmitted infection with the papillomavirus. Vaccines against this virus have been used since the 2000s. And while two doses were previously recommended for women of all ages, the WHO expert panel says a single dose of papillomavirus vaccine is now sufficient for those under 21.

Note that WHO experts continue to recommend two doses six months apart for women over the age of 21. The same goes for the “immunocompromised people, mainly people with HIV” to whom one can even recommend the administration “at least two or even three doses so that they are fully immunized”highlighted the chairman of the committee, Dr. Alejandro Cravioto.

These new recommendations should allow more girls and women to be vaccinated “while maintaining the required level of protection”specified the President of the Committee in a press conference, although national vaccination programs can continue to use two doses if they consider it necessary.

“This single-dose recommendation has the potential to accelerate our goal of vaccinating 90% of girls aged 15 by 2030.”said Dr. Princess Nothemba Simelela, WHO Deputy Director-General. In 2020, global coverage with a 2-dose schedule was only 13%.

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