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And the American academy of pediatrics now saying boys as well as girls should get the HPV vaccine but the recommendation is not without controversy.
Doctor David's body is a member of our Fox News medically team in chief of the division of robotics at mount Sinai hospital here in New York good to -- -- -- good morning.
-- so this is interesting it's not just girls now it's boys I guess it makes sense because.
They're both eventually gonna have some sort of activity sexual activity writes -- on the road.
Vote Gretchen HPV stands for human capital -- -- And it causes warts in the genital area for both girls and boys.
About five years ago the American academy of pediatrics basically recommended that girls should get the vaccine.
They expected about 80% of the population together but only 30% showed up for this vaccine.
And then they realize that since the head and neck cancers and also cervical cancer is on the rise as a result of this vaccine.
Now we're going to go after the boys because they could be the carrier for this virus as a as a result of the virus not taxing the -- as -- yeah exactly so HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted disease -- America.
It can cause cervical cancer in women it can cause warts in boys so now they're recommending strongly.
To get this vaccine at the age of eleven now and it's important to get -- -- and obviously before you get engage in any sexual activity.
And that's how we're going to protect the -- So let's look at the ages the -- should be as young as nine but aged eleven to twelve should be routinely immunized with PH PV four using the same schedule as girls.
Boys and men aged thirteen to 21 may be administered the recommended vaccine so I guess if you're in that older group.
It's effective if you have not engaged in sexual.
That's exactly right and also what this did -- about a few months ago.
It opened up a huge controversy among the parents because apparent said well if we're going to immunize our kids now it's going to -- -- or -- carted him to get into sexual activity.
That argument is really not strong because this doesn't prevent you from getting other sexually transmitted disease you still have to make sure that you use protection you still have to make sure that.
You engage in the right sexual activity but nowadays.
Kids are really giving this from the virus to each other without knowing there are no signs -- symptoms you may have the legion and you can be carrier phone numbers of.
That's the scary part about it is that you don't know if you actually have it sometimes.
-- let me ask you this some of the parents were also concerned that there might be side effects of this vaccine would have what do you know about that.
Basically what we know is that at this site to injections are three objection is that you have to get at this site there could be some everything or -- that could be some fever but for the most part.
About forty million vaccines have been given out and they're very very few.
The major side effects that has been some neurological issues there's about 800 complaints right now that are being investigated but for the most part -- this safe vaccine.
And someone asked me would you give this -- own son and the answer is yes I wanna make sure that he's protected and not get this kind of thing so it.
They expenses about a 130 dollar per vaccines it's a little expensive.
But now as a result of these guidelines the insurance companies are obligated to really approve -- that's that's vanishing point all right doctor -- money thanks so much spectacular for us.
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