Gynecology and Vaccines
The vaccine is almost 100% effective in preventing precancerous lesions of the cervix, vulva and vagina, and genital warts caused by the HPV. Vaccination may be the most effective mechanism to prevent HPV infection and HPV-associated disease. Vaccines are prophylactic, vaccination before exposure to HPV will result in the greatest public health benefit. Obstetrician–gynecologists can play a major role in reducing morbidity and mortality from a range of vaccine-preventable diseases, including pertussis, influenza, human papillomavirus, and hepatitis. One dose of Cervarix provides protection against HPV 16/18 infection with robust antibody titers well above natural infection titers.