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A Remake Worth the Wait

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Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 11:42 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Remakes are tough to pull off. Remember “Conan the Barbarian” in 2011? That made Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performance in the original 1982 film look like Sir John Gielgud!
 
There's also “The Longest Yard" (2005 and 1974) and “Planet of the Apes” (2001 and 1968), both of which prove the point.
 
But the remake of the Gardasil anticancer vaccine that's just been made available — well, this one's worth taking a seat for!
 
This powerful weapon against cervical, anal, vulvar, and vaginal cancers, as well as precancerous cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal lesions and genital warts, has been upgraded. It now works against NINE strains of cancer-causing HPV (human papillomavirus).
 
That's five more strains than were covered by the earlier vaccine. These additional five strains cause about 20 percent of cervical cancers.
 
In a large study, Gardasil 9 was found to be 97 percent effective in preventing cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers associated with those five added strains and just as effective as the earlier Gardasil vaccine against the other four.
 
The vaccine is available for girls ages 9 to 26, and boys ages 9 to 15 as a shot, in three doses. Children are given dose 1; then two months later, dose 2; then four months after that, dose 3.
 
If your child has already had an anti-HPV vaccine, ask your doc if he or she can get this one to expand the protection.
 
Common side effects include injection-site pain, swelling, redness, and headaches.
 
The inoculation benefits probably exceed the risks by over 4,000 to 1. But if you're uncomfortable with any reaction to this cancer-prevention vaccine, contact your doctor.

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