Recommend HPV vaccine for boys

Recommend HPV vaccine for boysOslo.Recommend HPV vaccine for boys. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

The Prioritization Council for Health believes boys at the  age of 12 should be offered free HPV vaccines, but only if the authorities manage to get the the vaccine at a price that is not too expensive .

Girls  vaccination are as a part of the childhood program offered the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer. Now  the prioritizing council, which makes recommendations to the Ministry of Health, think that boys should be vaccinated as well.

– Our aim is to provide individual protection against HPV-related cancers also for men who have sex with unvaccinated women and men who have sex with men, reducing the amount of HPV in the population and possibly reducing the incidences of genital warts, according to the resolution.
The Council also writes that there is “it is an essential condition” for offering the vaccine to boys “that an acceptable price for the vaccine is agreed upon.”

HPV can cause cancer of the mouth, throat and anus. However, there is less evidence that the vaccine prevents cancer in men, compared to the evidence that it prevents cervical cancer. The number of occurrence these forms  of such in men is also lower than the incidence of cervical cancer in women.Public Health will be responsible for negotiating  the cost of vaccines offered in the childhood immunization with pharmaceutical manufacturers. But it is up to the Ministry of Health to determine whether it will set aside money to provide the vaccine to boys.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

2 Comments on "Recommend HPV vaccine for boys"

  1. Steve Hinks | 5. June 2016 at 09:58 | Reply

    The European Medicines Agency stated ‘reviews of the reports did not show a consistent pattern regarding time-to-onset following vaccination, they appear to have totally ignored the evidence provided by the UK Association of HPV Injured Daughters (AHVID) which reported that a questionnaire completed by 94 member families indicated that:
    • 27 girls (31% ) had adverse reactions on the same day as the vaccination, many of them suffrering immediately, within minutes.
    • 12 girls (14%) had adverse reactions after just 1 dose
    • 19 girls (22%) had adverse reactions after just 2 doses (some of these had reactions also to the 1st dose
    • 14 girls had adverse reactions after the 3rd dose (and some of these had earlier reactions)
    • At least 4 girls (4%) had adverse reactions after each of 3 doses. Health professionals had indicated that the vaccine is safe and the adverse reactions suffered were not recognised as side effects of the vaccine. Initial symptoms were often ‘generally unwell, flu-like, tired, aches and pains’. With each dose the severity increased and day-by-day the severity increased. With some it was eventually several weeks before these symptoms developed into collapse with total fatigue and sleeping up to 23 hours each day.

  2. Steve Hinks | 5. June 2016 at 09:59 | Reply

    This vaccine has never been proven to prevent a single case of cancer and it will be decades before we find out. Cases of cervical cancer in developed countries using Pap screening are 9/100,000. Deaths have come down from 8 to just 2/100,000 over the last 40 years with no vaccine and current uptake of screening of just 80%. Screening is still necessary even after vaccination. There are over 100 strains of HPV and some scientists expect other strains to replace those that are targeted by the vaccine.

    In the meantime thousands of girls are being seriously disabled and their lives ruined by the adverse reactions. In the UK 20,503 adverse reactions have been reported by Yellow Card, including 5 with fatal outcome (data obtained by FOIA request to MHRA). Even the manufacturers admit huge numbers of serious adverse reactions during the clinical trials.

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