What is Cervarix?:
Cervarix is a vaccine, proven to protect against HPV. HPV is a known cause for cervical cancer in women. Cervarix in manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. FDA approval could be as early as the end of 2006.
What Does Cervarix Protect Against?:
Cervarix protects against 2 strains of HPV (16 and 18) that cause cervical cancer. Cervarix is also formulated with AS04, a proprietary adjuvant that boosts the immune system response for a longer period of time to HPV strains.
How Effective is Cervarix?:
In clinical trails, 100% of women developed antibodies to HPV about 7 months of receiving the vaccine. The antibodies remained for 12 months after. Women ages 15-55 were given the vaccine and the results suggest that the vaccine is effective in women over 26.
How long is Cervarix effective? :
Studies show that women who receive Cervarix between the ages of 15 and 25 have 100% protection against the two strains of HPV for 4.5 years.
Cervarix Side Effects:
GlaxoSmithKline says that Cervarix is "generally safe and well tolerated".