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Letters National HPV vaccination

Authors’ reply to Gupta

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3734
  1. Basil Donovan, professor1,
  2. Hammad Ali, lecturer1
  1. 1Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
  1. bdonovan{at}

Gupta asks why the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme in Australia doesn’t cover women undergoing treatment for high grade cervical disease.1 2

The quadrivalent HPV vaccine was not designed to act as a therapeutic vaccine and theoretically provides no benefit against an existing HPV infection—just as the flu vaccine doesn’t benefit people with flu. Interestingly, a retrospective analysis of data from two randomised placebo controlled trials showed reduced recurrence of …

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