Palm Beach Daily News (10.27.11) - Friday, October 28, 2011
Area health care providers, particularly those who specialize
in infectious diseases, say a new recommendation calling for
routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys is
timely and helpful.
Five years ago, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices recommended routine administration of the three-shot
HPV series for girls starting at ages 11-12. On Tuesday, ACIP
extended that call to boys in the same age range. HPV strains
are linked to a number of malignancies, including cervical,
anal, and oral cancers, as well as genital warts.
"What we are doing is encouraging the promotion of health,"
said Dr. Lyssette Cardona, an infectious-disease specialist
with Cleveland Clinic Florida. "It's a major health
breakthrough that we can use a vaccine to prevent serious
consequences, including cancers."
Dr. Chad Sanborn, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at
St. Mary's Medical Center, said the committee's
recommendation, which must be approved by CDC and Department
of Health and Human Services leadership, could help reduce
transmission of HPV, the most common STD in the United States.
"Hopefully, it will decrease the rates of infection in
general," he said. "That's very important for women indirectly
as men can certainly pass [HPV] to women."