The FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Adults Up to 45

The FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Adults Up to 45

The FDA recently announced that they have approved an expanded age indication for HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine (GARDASIL 9) that is safe for adults up to the age of 45. Previously the vaccine was approved for women and men between the ages 9 and 26. For those who are unfamiliar with HPV, it is a sexually-transmitted virus that spreads to 14 million new Americans every year. It is also responsible for more than 30,000 cases of cancer every year.

According to a recent announcement from the FDA, the HPV vaccine is approved for adults age 27-45. This vaccine is looking to reduce the number of HPV infections by adapting the “herd immunity” approach to help restrict the spread of this infectious virus. According to the FDA, this vaccine is working to help prevent HPV-related diseases among a wider age range.

The first FDA-approved vaccine for HPV was Gardasil, and it came out in 2006. The first version of the vaccine covered four types of HPV that are the most common cancer-causes. The updated Gardasil 9 covers nine different strands. This vaccine is approved for males and females between the ages of nine and 26. Around 100 different strands are circulating among people today. The great news about the Gardasil 9 vaccine is that statistics show it can prevent more than 90 percent of cervical, anal, penis and throat cancers. However, this vaccine was only designed for individuals up to the age of 26, until recently.

In June of this year, the FDA announced that after several effective trials, the HPV vaccine can be used on adults up to age 45. There is also an upcoming meeting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. After the meeting, next year the CDC will vote on the extended age range. If the vote passes, insurance companies are much more likely to cover the cost of this immunization.

If you are interested in the HPV vaccine or have questions about this or any other recommended vaccination, call Continuum Internal Medicine for an appointment at 817-617-8650.

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