CDC: Boys Should Get HPV Shot, Too

Vaccine will protect boys from some cancers, and lower transmission risk
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2011 12:01 PM CDT
A bottle of the Human Papillomavirus vaccination is seen at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A CDC committee voted overwhelmingly today to recommend the HPV vaccine for boys as well as girls, reasoning that it will protect them from some cancers of the penis and rectum, while also preventing them from transmitting HPV to the people they sleep with. Twelve panel members voted for the recommendation, with one abstaining, CNN reports. The committee recommends boys get the shot as early as age 9.

The vaccine has been FDA approved for males since 2009, but it hasn’t been marketed toward them. The CDC is making this push now in part because not as many girls are being vaccinated as doctors had hoped. “If the boys are also immunized, it reduces the transmission back and forth,” one CDC adviser explained.

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