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FDA To Weigh HPV Shot For Women Up to 45 -- Gardasil, Used For Ages 9-26, Blocks Virus That Can Cause Cervical Cancer

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to expand use of a vaccine intended to prevent cervical cancer to women aged 27 to 45, the vaccine maker said Wednesday.

Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., currently is approved for use in girls and women aged 9 through 26 to block four types of human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

A decision is expected by mid-year.

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