HPV Vaccine: Not Just for Girls Anymore

   By drodriguez  Feb 13, 2012

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has seen its fair share of controversy over the last few years. One of the reasons some took issue over the vaccine that inoculates against the human papillomavirus (which can cause some serious health risks including genital warts as well as mouth, throat, and cervical cancers) was because it was only recommended to girls between the ages of 11 and 21-years of age and not for boys.

Some parents wondered what the logic was behind this. If men could contract and spread HPV why was it not recommended that they also receive the vaccine? A recent article from The State Column reports about how this has all changed now. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that boys also receive the vaccine.

Another controversy over the vaccine was the question of why young children should receive a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted virus when they are too young to be having sex. This controversy could possibly be quelled too since according to research, the vaccine is most effective when received between the ages of 11 and 12 because this is when antibody production is the most effective.

What do you think of the CDC’s new recommendation that boys also receive the HPV vaccine?

At what age would you choose to have your young children receive this vaccine?


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lisalangley by lisalangley | LEXINGTON, SC
Apr 10, 2012

Well, my best friend's daughter just recently got this vaccine and I'm not going into explicit details, but the doctor's are linking MONTHS of hospital stays and blood tests all back to this vaccine. It has done some serious damage to her little girl and none of it will ever be able to be forgotten. Horrible situation and I'm sure it is one of very few cases, but after seeing what the affect of this vaccine has had on her pre-teen daughter, my kids will NOT be getting it.

imthinkingoutloud by imthinkingoutloud | caldwell, ID
Feb 15, 2012

No way are my kids getting this! I have a beautiful wonderful amazing daughter...who happens to be Autistic. Is there any connection between that and her childhood immunizations? Don't know. BUT if I can prevent my child from the side effects of this crap....one of which happens to be Guillain Barre Syndrome (and my family is VERY familiar with that since I am still living with the life-changing effects of that myself)....I will protect them and educate them on the importance of safe sex and being tested. And lets not forget about teaching them the respect and healthy choice of abstaining as an option.

Snenifer by Snenifer | Milton, FL
Feb 13, 2012

I agree with previous comments regarding the risk factors involved with getting the vaccine. Numerous reports are surfacing involving autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, etc. associated with this vaccine. I'm opting my children out for now.

Feb 13, 2012

My personnel opinion is that I think they don't know enough about thisThe human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. So I opt out of giving it to my kids. And I also think to me people run scared of what the CDC's The Center for Disease Control has to say. I think they should do a lot more research on this vaccine. Before they have parents giving these vaccine to our kids. So the question is do we really know if this is going to prevent a problem down the road for are kids ? Or is it going to be another problem of the CDC's not having all the facts straight on this new vaccine. Time will tell, This is my opinion on The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine , Marjorie Mora

jadedgrin by jadedgrin | LEBANON, IN
Feb 13, 2012

After lengthy research of this vaccine, I have decided against getting it for my daughter until further testing is performed. In just the few short years the vaccine has been available, there have been countless reports of serious side effects including, seizures, strokes, fatigue, weakness, muscle pain and weakness, joint pain, auto-immune problems, chest pains, hair loss, personality changes, hand/leg tremors, shortness of breath, heart problems, paralysis, nerve pain, menstrual cycle changes, fainting, swollen lymph nodes, temporary vision/hearing loss just to name a few! Most importantly, there have been several deaths that may be associated with this vaccine. A HIGH risk I'm not willing to take with my kids. I am certainly not diminishing the seriousness of cervical cancer but I need more security about a vaccine than what I'm getting with this one. http://truthaboutgardasil.org/ http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/gardasil.html

GracieAnne by GracieAnne | WALDPORT, OR
Feb 13, 2012

If this vaccine helps protect and prevent HPV, why wouldn't you get it for your child?

AdaMiller by AdaMiller | ELIZABETHTON, TN
Feb 13, 2012

I think it is a great idea,because anything that can help our children in any way we should do. It is up to use to keep them safe & protect them the best we can. I also have 2 boys that will also be getting this vaccination when they are old enough.

winterbabe98 by winterbabe98 | ROCKLEDGE, FL
Feb 13, 2012

they've been administering the vaccine in Europe for awhile. My husband won't let our son get it until he has read more on it. I say that he should get the vaccine.

turboglam by turboglam | Baltimore, MD
Feb 13, 2012

I think the CDC's new recommendation makes perfect sense. We can literally prevent certain cancers in our children, and the benefits of this vaccine truly outweigh any risk.

JustRebecca by JustRebecca | Homestead, FL
Feb 13, 2012

My 12 year old son got his final dose on Friday. Why would I risk him getting HPV if I can prevent it. I plan on taking my 11 and 8 year old daughter also.