Routine HPV Vaccination for Boys a must

According to American Academy of Pediatrics boys should be regularly given a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) which is a common virus spread usually by sexual contact. There are many types of HPV, if vaccinated at regular intervals males and females can be protected against common types that can cause disease and cancer. The doctor’s group said that the routine vaccination of boys against HPV will prevent them transferring virus to girls thus reducing the risk of cervical cancer and protecting the boys against some other cancers arising from getting infected with HPV during oral and anal sex.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is necessary to receive HPV vaccination before becoming sexually active. They are most effective at 11 or 12 years which is also the age when antibody production in the body is at peak. The vaccination will also protect future sex partners who have not had the shots. In the new recommendation of doctors of American Academy of Pediatrics, all boys of age 11 or 12 years should get HPV vaccination in three-dose series. This three-dose series can also be started at the age of 9.
HPV vaccination for boys

Their new recommendation is part of the AAP’s revised 2012 standard immunization schedule for adolescents and children. The schedules for present recommendations for the usage of FDA licensed vaccines are approved by three main bodies namely American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). It was published in Feb 1 online issue of Pediatrics. The updated schedules include children aged 6 years and below, 7 to 18 years and a catch-up schedule for children with incomplete or late vaccinations. The schedules also cover main changes in two vaccines namely meningococcal and influenza.

Children aged 9 months or so can now be vaccinated with meningococcal if they are residents or travelers to countries with epidemic disease or countries which are at a greater risk of developing meningococcal disease. Routine immunization with meningococcal vaccine should begin at 11 years of age through 12 with booster shot at the age of 16. Children falling in the age-group of 6 months to 8 years should take two doses of influenza vaccine if they did not receive even a single dose in 2010-2011. Whereas children who got at least one dose in 2010-2011 should also get one dose for 2011-2012.

Routine HPV Vaccination for Boys a must
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