Cost of HPV vax a hurdle in cancer prevention

WHO researchers found the costs of delivering three doses of the vaccine to adolescent girls nationwide would be higher than those involved for a new infant vaccine because novel delivery channels have to be established.

Two studies estimated the cost at US$9.76 to $12.40 per immunised girl. However researchers say an HPV vaccination program may be more affordable in low resource countries than other preventive programs such as population-based screening and will become more affordable once established.
BMC Medicine 2012; online 12 Nov