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HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys

HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys

The human papillomavirus quadrivalent vaccine (HPV4) has been recommended for boys 11 to 12 years old by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an agency associated with the Centers for Disease Control. Language drafted for the vaccine recommendation reads, “ACIP recommends routine vaccination of males aged 11-12 years with 3 doses of HPV4. The vaccination series can be started beginning at age 9 years.” (Source: Medscape.com)

So far it appears only one of the two HPV vaccines is recommended for boys, the quadrivalent one (HPV4), whereas originally both HPV4 (Gardasil) and HPV2 were available for girls. Males aged 13 to 21 were also recommended by the committee for HPV4 vaccination.

HPV4 (Gardasil) vaccine protects against the HPV strains causing genital warts, while HPV2 Cervarix, protects against the HPV strains causing about 70% of cervical cancers. HPV vaccination can also prevent anal cancer and may protect against throat cancer.

The ACIP HPV4 boys recommendation comes on the heels of two HPV-related research studies in the news this month. One focused on the increase in HPV-related throat cancers associated with oral sex, “Throat cancers caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex have increased significantly in the United States in recent years,” researchers reported. (Source: NYTimes.com)

The other explored a possible link between HPV infection and heart disease, “This has important clinical implications. First, the HPV vaccine may also help prevent heart disease. Second, physicians should monitor patients with cancer-associated HPV to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as HPV patients already diagnosed with [cardiovascular disease] to avoid future cardiovascular events,” said the study’s author. (Source: USAToday) HPV vaccines remain controversial for some people who have questions about their safety.

The ACIP is panel of 15 immunization experts who vote on various vaccine recommendations, 8 members that function as representatives to other agencies, and 30 non-voting members.

Image Credit: Sir James. The image is of generic teens, including boys. They are not affiliated with the story’s content at all.

 

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5:10AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

"Big Pharma will probably do anything for money"

Big Homo does do anything to keep selling their magic potions.

7:48AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Hope that parents have a choice and they are not that gullible, this is about the $$!

3:45PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the info.

3:41AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

How interesting, I'm a doctor and I didn't realise they had come out with a vaccine for boys! Not to mention, that they have found a link between HPV and heart disease - I have to look up how that fits in...thanks for sharing!

10:50AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Funny how everybody starts worrying about side effects as soon as it's boys or men being inoculated...

1:17PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

This vaccine will wind up killing many people.

And not just because of its side effects.

Most of my female peers (college and high school) have gotten the hpv vaccine. They know that this helps prevent cervical cancer, but too many of them take this too far into thinking that they are completely protected.

So, what does that mean?

The protection will wear off, or the girl will come into contact with one of the strains that the vaccine will not protect. Many women will get cancer. But, they think that they are completely protected from the virus, and they don't get a pap smear.

Too many people do not know that they are still at risk for cancer. Educate your self, your friends, your children, or else the number of lives saved by early detection will drop.

8:27PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

and where were you, Juliet D., when they announced the deadly side-effects of the polio etc vaccines?

vaccinating 9 year olds against something like this - totally untested - is criminal. the kids may never catch HPV, but suddenly die from something related to the vaccine instead.

another big "oops!" in the making.

1:48PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Like Greg B. says: "Here you go again, promoting filthy, toxic, dangerous products". There are great risks with all vaccines and nobody should be forced to be vaccinated. And let's face it. The FDA isn't to be trusted to keep us safe. It's only the drug companies and the medical profession that profit from it.

5:56AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Big Pharma will probably do anything for money...

10:27PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

of course they do....its more money. I am not Anti-Vaccine but I am anti being a guinea pig for profit. I'll take my chances on cervical cancer. And wheres that breast cancer cure we've poured billions into? Lining pockets...thats it. Everyone on here is always talkiing about overpopulation but at the same time no one will acknowledge that maybe some diseases exist for a reason...to keep the population down. If you cure everything then no one dies.

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