Great News For The Under 45 Crowd!

RootBeerMan

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The FDA finally approved the cervical cancer/penile cancer/genital warts vaccine for women and men up to the age of 45! This a an actual anti-cancer vaccine that could very well save your life, or the life of someone you know and love. While I'm too old, (and am HPV free) I did make sure that both of my kids (M & F) received the vaccine when they were old enough. If you're in the age range, and sexually active, it is certainly a good idea to get it. The life you save could be your own.

https://www.wthr.com/article/fda-expands-use-cervical-cancer-vaccine-age-45-1

(AP) – U.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45.

The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45.

The vaccine protects against the human papilloma virus — or HPV — which can cause cervical cancer, certain other cancers and genital warts. The virus is very common and is spread through sex. In most cases, HPV doesn't cause any problems, but some infections persist and eventually lead to cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 14 million people become newly infected with HPV each year, mostly teens and young adults.

Gardasil was originally approved for girls in 2006 and later for boys — partly to reduce the spread of HPV to girls. While Gardasil was approved for ages 9 through 26, the shots are especially recommended for boys and girls at 11 or 12, before they first have sex and could get infected. About half of U.S. teens now have had two or three doses.

Company testing done in older adults showed the vaccine also worked for them, too. In women 24 through 45, the original Gardasil was about 90 percent effective three years after the women received a third dose.

The latest version of Gardasil protects against nine strains of HPV, four more than the original.

According to the CDC, each year about 33,700 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an HPV infection, including 12,000 women with cervical cancer, which kills about 4,000 annually.

Merck said the list price for Gardasil 9 is $205 per dose. Two doses are needed for those vaccinated before 15; three are recommended for older people.
 

RootBeerMan

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So those of us over 45 are just SOL?
Yep, so far. The good news there, though is that if you've managed to avoid HPV viruses so far, and are in a monogamous relationship or practice serious safe sex, you're probably going to be safe. But if you're in the age range to get it, or know someone who is, then get it or urge them to. Any vaccine that aids in avoiding cancers is worth having!
 

ActionableMango

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It seems odd to have a cutoff like that, unless it is simply applying a limited budget where it is the most helpful.
 

RootBeerMan

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It seems odd to have a cutoff like that, unless it is simply applying a limited budget where it is the most helpful.
It could be. It could also be that the researchers found no good effect beyond a certain age or that they have yet to determine the benefit, if any, beyond that age. I'm willing to bet that, from an actuarial point the view might well be that the over 45's are seen as a group that, if they are not already infected by HPV are unlikely to be infected given behaviour and already being in monogamous (uninfected) relationships. That's a guess on my part, but it works for me. I'm willing to bet that the researchers are probably looking into, though just to possibly pad the bottom line.
 
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