5. There is a vaccine against human papilloma virus. What disease could this vaccine potentially eradicate?

by Rachel on October 27, 2010

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Wise Duck October 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

It won’t eliminate anything. It is only effective against four strains of HPV.

It could dramatically cut the incidence of cervical cancer though.

Edit: Eradication in epidemiology means the willful extinction of a disease causing organism. Smallpox was eradicated. Polio has been eradicated from the Western hemisphere, ect.

The current HPV vaccine could not even potentially accomplish this.

TweetyBird October 27, 2010 at 11:31 am

Nowhere in this question do I see the word “eliminate”. I do see “potentially eradicate”. All answers should address this and should not address what’s NOT there.

Because you numbered this, I get the sense this is a homework question. Gardasil could potentially (almost) eradicate cervical cancer.

Jessica October 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Well, if the vaccine is against HPV, it could eradicate HPV…I don’t understand this question, it’s pretty obvious.

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