Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Recommended by CDC for Boys

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended the routine use of the human papillomavirus quadrivalent vaccine (HPV4) in boys aged 11 to 12 years.
The committee also recommended that boys aged 13 to 21 years who had not already received the HPV4 vaccine should also be vaccinated.
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Existing guidance is that the HPV4 vaccine may be given to males aged 9 through 26 years to reduce their likelihood of acquiring genital warts.
The vote today approved the recommended draft language: "ACIP recommends routine vaccination of males aged 11-12 years with 3 doses of HPV4. The vaccination series can be started beginning at age 9 years."
At present two HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccines are available. Both the vaccines have HPV strains 16 and 18 those are responsible for cervical cancer in female in majority of cases. Additionally, one of the vaccine contains components of HPV virus 6 and 11 those are responsible for genital warts both in male and female, and so called HPV4 or quadrivalent HPV vaccine.
The adverse reactions include soreness at the site of injection, headache and fever; and rarely fainting attack.
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