Earlier today, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (say that 10 times fast) made the recommendation that boys ages 11 and 12 should receive the vaccine to protect against Human Papillomavirus. This is big news, mostly because for the past 5 years, the recommendation was only that girls be given the vaccine.
HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, is known to be the leading cause of cervical cancer. Which explains the recommendation behind pre-teen girls getting the vaccine. As the mother of boys, I applauded and supported the move, but never put much more thought into it.
If I had girls, I would absolutely get them vaccinated. In a heartbeat. While the chance of boys getting HPV and subsequently getting cancer is low, I’m still tempted to get them vaccinated. There are a lot of factors to consider, but I usually take the side of whatever will likely keep them safe in the long run when it comes to my kids.
This is a new recommendation and I still have years before my kids are old enough to receive the vaccine, but it’s definitely something I’ll be thinking about.
You can read more about the vaccine and today’s recommendation here.
What is your initial reaction to this news? As the mother of girls, are you in favor of the vaccine? What are your thoughts about getting your sons vaccinated?