Health experts want boys to get HPV vaccine

February 28, 2012 11:02:05 AM PST
The nation's largest group of pediatricians is renewing its recommendation that boys ages 11 and up receive the three-dose HPV vaccine.

Since 2006, the vaccine has been recommended for girls to prevent cervical cancer, but experts say since that time, other cancers thought to be caused by HPV have increased -- including anal and some head and neck cancers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the current approach is not effective from a public health perspective since males are also partcipants in the spread of HPV.

The new guidelines, which are published in the journal Pediatrics coincide with a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control.