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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: New Vaccine Recommendations for Boys and Diabetics
Anahad O'Connor
February 3, 2012
New York Times (02.02.12) - Friday, February 03, 2012

CDC on Thursday released a new immunization schedule that recommends routine vaccination against human papillomavirus for boys ages 11-12, and catch-up HPV vaccination for males ages 13-21.

Since 2006, HPV vaccination has been recommended for girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer. Federal health officials previously had said boys "could" receive the quadrivalent HPV vaccine to help prevent genital warts, certain cancers, and the spread of HPV. The new immunization schedule now explicitly recommends it.

New data show the vaccine is "very effective" in preventing genital warts in men and women and some cancers, said Eileen Dunne, a CDC scientist.

In addition to the HPV recommendation, health officials adopted the recommendation that people with Type 1 or 2 diabetes be vaccinated against hepatitis B. The vaccine has been recommended for years for people at risk of blood exposure, such as health care workers, injection drug users, and people with end-stage renal disease who are undergoing dialysis, said Carolyn Bridges, associate director for adult immunizations at CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Diabetics have twice the risk of getting hepatitis B as others, and officials have recorded hepatitis outbreaks at nursing homes linked to the sharing of blood-sugar testing equipment, Bridges said.

The full report, "Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2012," was published in Annals of Internal Medicine (2012;156:211-217).

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