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Boys Should Get Routine HPV Vaccination, CDC Panel Says

October 26, 2011

All children ages 11-12, boys as well as girls, should routinely be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Tuesday. CDC has recommended routine vaccination of girls for five years. Two years ago, ACIP issued a "permissive recommendation" on the shots for boys. Tuesday's announcement upgrades this to "routine" -- its highest recommendation.

Vaccinating boys will protect both them and their sexual partners from HPV-related cancer, doctors with CDC say. Although best known for causing cervical cancer, HPV also causes cancers of the anus, penis, back of the throat, vagina, and vulva, as well as genital warts. A study this week suggests HPV also is linked to heart disease in women.

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