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Video: Research Reveals New Effects Of HPV Vaccination
Research reveals new effects of HPV vaccination
In Australia, during the lifetime of the vaccination program, it was able to prevent more than 2,000 preterm births.
New research suggests that increasing vaccination coverage against human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent thousands of preterm births worldwide. Scientific work published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Women with HPV infection are known to have an increased risk of preterm birth. This is probably a consequence not of the infection itself, but of the treatment of the precancerous lesions of the cervix that it causes.
A study by scientists at the NSW Cancer Council shows that the potential effects of mass HPV vaccinations may be related to more than just cervical cancer. In this study, it was found that vaccinated women had a 3.2% lower risk of preterm birth, and a 9.8% lower likelihood of low weight for their gestational age in children of vaccinated mothers. The latter means that babies are less likely to be born with a weight that does not correspond to the number of weeks they spent in the womb.
The National HPV Vaccination Program started in Australia in 2007 and was one of the first in the world. If the findings of the new study are correct, then during its existence it has prevented more than 2,000 premature births in the country.
“These data show that the vaccine, along with preventing cervical and other HPV-related cancers, can play an important role in reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes and improving the quality of life for many women and children around the world,” said Karen Canfell. (Karen Canfell), Director of Research, New South Wales Cancer Council.