Jab no surefire protection from cervical cancer

NZ Herald Jun 8, 2010

The HPV vaccination could have the unintended consequence that more women with cervical cancer will not be diagnosed, the Ministry of Health has warned. The ministry’s national screen unit is concerned that young women believe they are protected from the disease once they are immunised. But the vaccine does not protect against 30 per cent of HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer. The ministry says there is a risk that these women will not attend regular screenings once they reach the recommended age of 20.