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Panel says boys should get HPV vaccine, too
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal panel on Tuesday recommended that all preteen children – not just girls – get a vaccine that prevents a common sexually transmitted disease, in a move that public health experts hope will lead to widespread immunity to the virus and, eventually, cut rates of certain types of cancer. The controversial vaccine against the human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls since 2006, when studies showed that girls and young women who were immunized had lower rates of cervical cancer.