Recent Changes to Vaccine Recommendations

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Vaccinations are a cornerstone in prevention and public health.  Ongoing research continues to maximize the role of vaccines in protecting individuals and populations at large from previously common illnesses.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released its 2012 update on vaccinations.  Review of the evidence from recent vaccine studies has led to two important adjustments to the vaccine schedule that may impact your teen.

1.  Boys should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine too.  The HPV vaccine was initially targeted at girls for the protection of cervical cancer and genital warts.  However, since HPV is transmitted through sexual activity, vaccinating boys too provides greater impact on a public health level.  Also, studies show that vaccination can reduce the risk of HPV-related cancers in men, such as penile cancer, anal cancer, as well as some head and neck cancers.  The vaccine is given as a series of three shots over the course of 6 months.  The first…

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