HPV vaccine responsible for drop in cervical disease


The HPV jab is only given to girls in Sweden.

Lyssna: HPV Vaccin

The vaccination against the virus that causes almost all cervical cancer is proving so successful in wealthy countries such as Sweden that cases of the disease should be significantly reduced within a decade, say scientists.

“The big news is that they have found a total of 65 published studies that give roughly the same result, that vaccination is very effective against infection,” Joakim Dillner, professor of infection epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute tells Swedish Radio.

The study, published in the Lancet Medical journal, shows vaccinating multiple groups of girls at different ages, helps bring down HPV infection rates.

In Sweden, girls aged between 11 and 18 are offered the HPV vaccine, which has only been available for the past decade.

Radio Sweden