U.S. advisers recommend Gardasil HPV shots for boys

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
U.S. advisers recommend Gardasil HPV shots for boys
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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 3:56pm

(Reuters) - Boys should be routinely vaccinated against the human papillomavirus or HPV in an effort to protect them from oral, anal and penile cancers, and to extend protection of girls from cervical cancer, U.S. vaccine advisers said on Tuesday.

The approval, which only applies to Merck's vaccine, may bolster sales of Gardasil, which have stalled amid competition from a rival GlaxoSmithKline product and because many younger women already have been immunized with Gardasil, limiting the market size.

Gardasil's sales hit $1.1 billion worldwide in 2009 and have been hovering in that range.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/25/us-hpv-vaccine-boys-idUSTRE79O4L120111025

Will you be getting this vaccine for your sons?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-19-2011

Yeesh. I'm of a mixed mind on this.

On the one part, I'm glad that they're not placing the entire burden of preventing these strains of HPV on girls; boys need to be vaccinated too, because they're actually more likely to transmit it to girls. It's abour protecting the girls they have sex with. And since HPV can be transmitted even with proper use of protection, that's important.

However... I DO NOT like this vaccine being on the required schedule, nor am I happy with this obsession the US government has with providing drug companies with massive amounts of money. Cervical cancer is indeed important, but protecting against it in this way needs to be a personal choice... NOT a requirement.

The government shouldn't be responsible for mainitaining this company's profits.. and in the end, that's all they're doing. I wish we could move the entire vaccination model to a non-for-profit one. Of course, nonprofits have crappy research budgets, so there's definite drawbacks.

I'm getting tired of my health decisions being made by lobbyists. I had the same objections to the varicella vaccine. And for the record, I generally follow the recommended schedule without many reservations.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2007

I have both a boy and a girl and both will be getting the vaccine when they reach the age that they can get it. I'm a believer of prevention. I know I can't prevent my kids from ever having sex before they are ready/responsible and even then, some adults aren't necessarily sexually responsible either.

         
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011

My son is 13 and our pediatrician brought this up

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2009
witch_power wrote:

Will you be getting this vaccine for your sons?


I really need to do some research before getting it for my DD or DS. I was really all for it, until I read this that someone posted on another board I read:

10 Common HPV Myths -- Busted!
http://www.ivillage.com/10-common-hpv-myths-busted/4-b-388744

I really had no idea that there was another option other than the Gardasil until I read that. It seems like they both have pros and cons, so I'm not really sure anymore. I would like to get them all vaccinated because I know way too many people who have, or have had, HPV. But it also seems like the shots can be hit or miss and have other side effects.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-21-2011

I will definitely NOT be giving this to my DS (or my DD for that matter).

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-19-2007

For those saying it's still relatively new, is it because the vaccination is different than the one they give to girls?

Still have to read up more on it but yes, I probably will have my boys get this vaccination.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

I don't vaccineate iregardless - but after reading about the side effects and deaths among those who have received the Gardasil vaccine, I would not be handing my sons over as guinea pigs. I understand that they say that the side effects were mostly minor - still concerns me since I have two children who were affected by vaccines...

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-22-2003
It is NOT a requirement.