New HPV shot fends off more types of the virus

Vaccine protects better against cervical and other cancers

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WIDER COVERAGE   A new vaccine triggers protection against nine types of human papillomavirus, including seven carcinogenic ones (listed above). HPV types 16 and 18 cause most cervical cancers and have been targeted by existing vaccines. The new shot adds protection against five more types.

CDC, S. de Sanjose et al/Lancet Oncology 2010, B. Serrano et al/Infectious Agents and Cancer 2012

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