BALTIMORE, MD – 10/26/2011—The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new recommendation for the HPV vaccine yesterday. The ACIP recommends the vaccination for boys ages 11 and 12. It also recommends vaccination of males ages 13 through 21 who had not already had all three shots. “The HPV vaccine may be given to boys as young as 9,” said Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health, the nation’s largest private provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the nation.
“The ACIP recommended this vaccine for girls and young women between the ages of 11 to 26 back in 2006, but vaccination rates in the United States have so far been very disappointing,” she added. By age 50, up to 80% of women in the U.S. will have contracted HPV. While most infections will clear out on their own, some will progress to become genital warts and cancer and this is the main concern for health care officials.
HPV is also linked to other types of cancer beyond cervical cancer. “According to the CDC there have been over 8,500 cases of HPV-positive head and neck cancer cases in 2010, including throat cancer,” commented Lessans. Passport Health’s nationwide offices carry all ACIP-recommended vaccinations for travel and general wellness vaccines, including the HPV vaccine.