UK committee recommends HPV vaccinations for adolescent boys

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This morning the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issued a statement on HPV vaccinations concluding that a gender-neutral vaccine program would be cost effective in the UK and recommending the extension of the HPV vaccine program to include adolescent boys.

Universal coverage for girls was recommended by JCVI in 2008 and at the time it was thought the vaccination of boys would provide little extra benefit in preventing cervical cancer – the main aim of the program. However, in recent years increasing evidence has suggested that HPV vaccination could help prevent a number of non-cervical cancers; the benefits of also vaccinating boys has therefore been under review by JCVI since 2013.

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