Survey Finds More Girls and Boys Need HPV Vaccine

February 11, 2014  |  

For years, health experts have stressed the importance of teen girls getting the HPV vaccine. But apparently, that’s not enough. The most recent President’s Cancer Panel announced more girls and boys should be getting the vaccine, reports Everyday Health.

Currently, the CDC recommends girls and boys begin the series of shots at age 11 or 12. HPV is linked to cervical cancer as well as oral, rectal or penile cancers. The Panel insists vaccination rates are way too low even though the vaccine can save lives. In 2012, only a third of girls ages 13 to 17 had received the vaccine, whereas just 7 percent of boys in the same age group had gotten it.

Part of the problem is parents can be a little iffy on vaccinating their tweens against something that has to do with sex. But the CDC estimates that increasing vaccination rates would prevent 53,000 cases of cervical cancer.

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