Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Boys getting the HPV vaccine

Should boys get the HPV vaccine? Is there still controversy surrounding the side effects? I will have a nine-year-old next year. I am curious to see whether our pediatrician will recommend he get the vaccine. Has your doctor recommended it for your kids?


Parents have been hearing a lot about the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine. But what was once designed solely for girls and young women up to the age of 26 to protect them from different strains of the virus, is now also being strongly recommended for younger boys.

Following in the footsteps of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending females and males at 11 to 12 years of age have routine HPV vaccinations.

Doctors say the vaccine is most effective if administered before a child becomes sexually active, and responds better in the bodies of younger children, usually between the ages of 9 to 15.

HPV is known to be the root cause of cervical cancer in women, and HPV can lead to other health problems in both females and males, including genital warts and mouth and throat cancers.

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