HPV Vaccine Approved for Government Program

The new vaccine to fight cervical cancer is now available to young children who might not be able to afford it.

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention has included Gardasil in its "vaccines for children" program which the government buys vaccines for uninsured or poor children.

Gardasil is a new kind of vaccine that prevents cervical cancer by protecting against the sexually transmitted human papaloma virus or HPV. HPV can trigger cervical cancer which is one of the most common cancers in women.

The FSA approved the vaccine in June for girls and women ages nine to twenty-six. An advisory panel to the center for disease control recommended in late June that girls as young as nine and young women up to age twenty-six get the vaccine. It was also recommended the vaccine be included in the subsidized vaccines program.

The vaccine is intended to be given to young girls before they become sexually active. The vaccines for children program provides coverage for children through age 18.