ABC News - "HPV Vaccine for Boys"
A committee that advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to decide whether to recommend routinely vaccinating boys and young men against sexually transmitted forms of human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of most cervical and anal cancers as well as most mouth and throat cancers. A “yes” vote would send the issue on to the CDC director and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for final approval. The CDC already recommends routinely immunizing girls with a three-dose vaccine beginning at age 11 or 12, before they become sexually active, although they can be vaccinated as young as age nine. “These vaccines are very important,” said Dr. Eric Genden from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “They are as important as polio, rubella and mumps and all the other vaccines that young kids receive.”
- Dr. Eric Genden, Professor & Chair, Otolaryngology, Chief, Head and Neck Oncology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center