HPV vaccine Gardasil recommended for boys

HPV vaccine recommended to be used routinely for 11 and 12-year-old boys

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
HPV vaccine Gardasil
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HPV vaccine Gardasil

The HPV vaccine Gardasil is now being recommended for routine use in boys aged 11 and 12.

Reuters reports that the HPV vaccine has been officially recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The committee's recommendation is subject to approval by the Centers for Disease Control.

At this time, the CDC recommends HPV vaccinations in girls aged 11 to 26 to protect against HPV-related conditions and cancers. The recommendation of vaccination in boys will protect against cancer and HPV-related conditions in men and, indirectly, in women as well.

The committee has yet to approve the use of the HPV vaccination Gardasil in boys aged 13 to 26.

The CDC has also advised that there is no evidence that the vaccination causes "mental retardation," as Michele Bachmann claimed during a debate.

Read more about the HPV vaccine Gardasil here. And learn more about HPV in our health center.

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