October 4, 2022

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Why can’t women over 26 years old get 9-valent HPV vaccine in China ?

Why can’t women over 26 years old get 9-valent HPV vaccine in China ?

 

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Why can't women over 26 years old get 9-valent HPV vaccine in China ?

Since the 9-valent HPV vaccine was approved for marketing in China in 2018, it has instantly attracted the attention of many women. Now the 9-valent HPV vaccine is becoming more and more popular, especially Chinese women are rushing to make appointments. However, many people have questions about the age of 9-valent HPV vaccine:

 

1. Why is there an age limit for the 9-valent HPV vaccine in China?

The 9-valent HPV vaccines currently in use worldwide are all produced by Merck & Co., so the ingredients are exactly the same, except that the outer packaging of each country/region is different.

Since the global 9-valent HPV vaccine has the same ingredients, why is the approved vaccination age different in China and other countries?

  • About 9-valent HPV vaccination age:
  • Overseas: female and male aged 9-45;
  • China: women aged 16-26;

What’s happening here? Why does China have an age limit? Under guessing, the reasons are as follows:

01. China has only conducted clinical trials on women aged 16-26

The main reason is that other countries have done long-term clinical research on the 9-valent HPV vaccine, and even obtained authoritative data to prove the safety and effectiveness of the 9-valent HPV vaccine after conducting corresponding tests on people of different age levels.

And why is China so strict about the vaccination age?

The 9-valent HPV vaccine was quickly approved for marketing in China in just 8 days, and so far, China has only conducted clinical trials on women aged 16-26 who have been vaccinated with the vaccine. According to research data, it is proved that the vaccine is vaccinated at this age. It is safe and effective.

Therefore, the Chinese government has always adopted a rigorous attitude for safety reasons and to ensure that the benefits of vaccination are maximized. It strictly stipulates that the 9-valent HPV vaccine is restricted to women aged 16-26.


02. To protect the market of 2-valent vaccine and 4-valent HPV vaccine

Hong Kong and Macau have directly applied clinical data from the United States. Both men and women aged 9-45 can be vaccinated. Just imagine if the same is true in China, once China opens the age of 9-valent vaccine, more people will rush to get 9-valent vaccine. Vaccines may cause divalent vaccines and quadrivalent vaccines to be gradually ignored or even eliminated.

In the case of restricting the age of 9-valent HPV vaccination, sisters aged 26+ can choose to vaccinate overseas, and can also choose to vaccinate bivalent or quadrivalent vaccine in China. This can ensure sufficient supply of HPV vaccine and can Meet vaccination needs. Secondly, the market for these two HPV vaccines can be protected.

 

2. Will China expand the age of 9-valent HPV vaccine?

Other countries, such as the United States, have conducted clinical trials on 9-45 year-olds (boys or girls) and proved that the vaccine is safe and effective, so the age was extended to 45. China will not use the latest overseas data so easily, but Hong Kong and Macau will directly use the data from the United States to open 9-45-year-old men or women to receive the 9-valent vaccine.

In fact, the current 4-valent vaccines have broadened the vaccination age, and it is estimated that “9-valent vaccines will extend the vaccination age” sooner or later~

The premise is: if China adds clinical trials for the 45-year-old population, with this clinical data, it will naturally expand the age.

However, this needs to be waited. It is not easy to say how long this “waiting” time is. After all, it needs to go through three phases of clinical trials. It is estimated that in 3-4 years, people under the age of 45 in China can get the 9-valent vaccine~

 

3. What if a woman over 26 years old wants to get HPV vaccine?

For Chinese women over 26, there are two options:

1) Go to other countries for 9-valent vaccines

PS: Let me explain first: China stipulates that people over 26 years of age cannot receive the 9-valent vaccine, which does not mean that over-age vaccination will have no effect. same! The preventive effect can reach 90%!

And Chinese women over the age of 26 don’t need to worry too much. They can also choose to vaccinate overseas. The closest ones can choose Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, etc. You can choose farther ones: South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.

In other countries, women over the age of 26 can be vaccinated with the 9-valent HPV vaccine, and boys between the ages of 9-45 can also choose to vaccinate overseas. It is recommended that you bring your own partner to vaccinate together~ Double protection is more effective! It’s just that the current epidemic is serious and it is impossible to leave the country. If you want to get HPV vaccine as soon as possible, then there is a second option:

2) Play a 2-valent or 4-valent vaccine in China

In China, a bivalent vaccine or a quadrivalent vaccine is given. Many over-aged Chinese women choose to have a bivalent vaccine or a quadrivalent vaccine in China, which can also effectively prevent cervical cancer.

Although it is not possible to leave the country due to the epidemic situation, it is recommended to get a 2-valent or 4-valent vaccine in China first. If you want to get a 9-valent vaccine in the future, you can wait until the 9-valent vaccine’s vaccination age is widened. . After all, this is a preventive vaccine, early vaccination and early prevention! Don’t give up the 2-valent or 4-valent vaccine just because you missed the best age for the 9-valent vaccine.

 

(source:internet, reference only)


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