New pitch for vax for boys?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
New pitch for vax for boys?
Fri, 05-07-2010 - 11:28am

If it didn't work for the girls, why would we expect it to work for boys?

Vaccine-wary parents guarded over new pitch to boys
The HPV vaccine recommended for girls to protect against cervical cancer now featured in boys marketing campaign
May 06, 2010|By Lisa Black, Tribune reporter

Dawn Delott is wary of new vaccines and doubts she will let her daughter get the potentially lifesaving HPV immunization — let alone her son, for whom the stakes aren't nearly as high.

For parents already uneasy about vaccinating their children, the news that the maker of Gardasil recently began promoting its HPV shots to boys as young as 9 is prompting yet another round of internal debate.

Gardasil was introduced for girls in 2006 as the first vaccine to offer protection against human papillomavirus, or HPV. The sexually transmitted virus can cause genital warts in both sexes.

But although HPV has been linked to rare types of cancers in males, most who carry the virus never have symptoms. Certain types of HPV in females, though, are known to raise a much greater risk of cervical cancer. So advocates say the most important reason to have men vaccinated is to protect their female partners.

"I like the fairness of it — that either sex has the opportunity to take it and not just female," said Delott, 39, of Gurnee. But although Delott's daughter, 8, and son, 7, have been vaccinated for the traditional diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella, she prefers to take a holistic route whenever possible. "How do you know how safe the vaccine is, because it is so new?"

Doctors who have begun recommending the vaccine for both sexes expect questions from parents, given the controversy it initially generated when introduced.

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Sat, 05-15-2010 - 1:23pm

"potentially lifesaving"