Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10.26.11) - Thursday, October 27,
Pittsburgh-area doctors are praising a CDC advisory panel's
new recommendation that boys ages 11-12 routinely be
vaccinated against human papillomavirus. Routine vaccination
will help protect boys from HPV-related genital warts and some
cancers, as well as reduce the spread of HPV to future sex
CDC has for five years recommended that girls ages 11-12
routinely get the three-shot HPV series. The agency's Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices this Tuesday upgraded its
guidance for boys, saying they should receive the vaccine
routinely as well. CDC usually approves recommendations made
"We knew eventually it would be recommended for both boys and
girls," said Dr. Scott Tyson of Pediatrics South in Mt.
Lebanon. "Where do you think girls were getting it from?"
More boys had been getting HPV shots recently, said Guillermo
Cole, a spokesperson for Allegheny County Health Department.
"There does seem to be more males than before in recent
months," he said. Cole has seen a similar increase in uptake
among girls, which he attributed to greater awareness about
the vaccine's benefits.
Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, clinical director of the Division of
Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville,
said most of his patients - males and females alike - already
get the vaccine. "The immunization has nothing to do with
sex," he said, addressing one controversy around the
vaccination. "You get it way before you're thinking about