Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

HPV Vaccines and Safety

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HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer by preventing infection by various HPV types. Two HPV vaccines are currently prequalified by WHO - a bivalent and a quadrivalent vaccine. Both vaccines are highly efficacious in preventing infection with virus types 16 and 18, which are together responsible for approximately 70% of cervical cancer cases globally.
The quadrivalent vaccine is also highly efficacious in preventing anogenital warts, a common genital disease which is virtually always caused by infection with HPV types 6 and 11.

Vaccine characteristics and safety

Vaccine presentation and packaging

Last updated: 6 February 2018