Report: Gardasil cost-effective for girls, young women

Gardasil, Merck & Co.'s human papillomavirus vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer, is cost-effective only for preadolescent girls and women as old as 21, according to an economic analysis by Harvard University researchers. The findings support the CDC's recommendation to routinely immunize 11- and 12-year-old girls before they become sexually active.

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