By the way, doctor: Should boys be getting the HPV vaccine?

Q. Why are parents not being urged to get their sons vaccinated for HPV?

A. When the FDA approved the first vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in 2006, it was for use only in girls and young women. In 2009, the agency broadened the approval for that vaccine, called Gardasil, to include boys and men between the ages of 9 and 26. The agency also approved a second HPV vaccine in 2009, called Cervarix, for girls and women.

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