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A government health panel already recommends young girls get the HPV vaccine because that virus can lead to cancer well.
Now a federal committee of the CDC is saying -- boys should get the vaccine is well.
But not everyone thinks this is a good idea joining us for a -- -- debate is director she's got a -- cancer prevention research group.
At the center of excellence in women's health doctor Diane Harper and the chairman of the department of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt university school of medicine.
Doctor William Shatner thanks so much for being here but the doctor harper I wanna be review.
You don't necessarily support the idea of boys as young as eleven and twelve.
Getting this vaccine why not.
That's right Alison I think that we don't know enough about what happens with the vaccine.
We know for sure that the and a -- tighter is that provide protect -- give the efficacy of the vaccine.
Weighing two to three years earlier than they do for girls.
In the studies that we did with the S -- vaccine in boys what we found is that.
Or nearly two fifths of boys.
Lost all detectable tigers to HPV eighteen.
Which is one of the two cancer causing types in the vaccine still is that is a concern.
The other concern that we have is that you have to have three doses in order to be effective.
On the server X requires only one -- to be effective and we know with regard to sell with the three doses that there's been very poor compliance.
And being able to get.
All -- doses on timing that's necessary at that -- is important doctor shop pro to bring you made it sound as though boys may think they are protected in other words if they haven't gotten some of the booster shots or if the drug.
Efficacy wears off and they might not be as safe.
As they would had they not gotten the vaccine they might not practice as safe sex what's your response to that.
Well you realize this is also a coordinated effort of the American academy of pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
So that the general notion is that it's time to do this.
They've been lots of studies and of of whether prevention activities such as vaccines.
With -- is being affected.
Teenagers sexual behavior and there was no evidence of that so I think that's not the concern.
Would always like to know more information when we start vaccinated.
Beauty is in the eye of the be holder.
But it -- -- -- what -- you do you know that it what doctor harper was just saying that it wears off sooner than it does for girls and that it might only last three years.
It is back and -- All.
-- it's a point of interest because we all get our every ten years tetanus shots.
We may indeed discover that down the road we should get boosters with the HPV vaccine also.
That would be not surprised.
Obviously there have been some people who have raised concerns about.
Boy is -- getting this vaccine so early we know that in California the governor just signed something saying that big.
Girls don't need to get parental consent.
To have this vaccine in does any of that concern now.
Well I think that the value of HPV vaccines both for server eccentric artist so is that it helps prevent abnormal pap smears.
And did the market.
Thought of mandating yes or providing this vaccine sub terror two girls without parental permission and without discussion.
In the family as to whether the girl wishes to happen.
Vaccination as an additional optional part.
Of her cervical cancer prevention.
Really is not an appropriate thing for public health officials to be doing and I know that your point is that girls need to keep getting -- -- that is one of the best ways to guard against cervical cancer.
Doctor van harp productively Jeffrey thanks so much for coming in for the big raise awareness about all of this we appreciate it.
Think you health and meanwhile.
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