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Sweden approves HPV vaccinations

Sanofi Pasteur MSD's Gardasil is to be recommended for use a cervical cancer vaccination program for schoolgirls throughout Sweden.

Sanofi Pasteur MSD's Gardasil is to be recommended for use a cervical cancer vaccination program for schoolgirls throughout Sweden.

Swedish government officials have advised that girls as young as 10 and 12 should start receiving free vaccinations through their schools' health authorities.

Gardasil, a quadrivalent vaccination, is used to inoculate against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer and other genital diseases..

Didier Hoch, president of Sanofi Pasteur MSD, said: "We hope that vaccination programmes will be implemented, so girls/women could soon have full access to these programmes that will help save lives and protect girls' and women's health from cervical cancer."

The Swedish Pharmaceuticals Benefits Board approved Gardasil for vaccination of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 in May 2007.

Gardasil has already been recommended in thirteen other European countries such as Germany, France, and the UK, as well as the US and Canada.

Swedish administrative scheduling should see Gardasil vaccinations officially approved for use in April 2008 and implemented by autumn 2008.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related-death amongst women aged between 15 and 44-years-old in Europe.

27th February 2008

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