MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Parents are weighing in this week over a controversial STD vaccine that’s now being recommended for boys.

The HPV vaccine was originally intended for young girls to prevent cervical cancer later in life. Now, the Center for Disease Control said boys should get it too, starting when they’re 11 years old.

“Everybody’s growing up so fast,” Dave Lambert, a local father, said. “Things go a lot quicker than they used to. I think knowledge is power and it’s smart to be aware of everything.”

Pediatrician Abraham Jacob said he plans to recommend the vaccine for his own sons and hopes other parents follow his lead.

“It’s the first vaccine in history that’s a cancer preventer,” said Jacob. “And this is something we’ve dreamed about for decades.”

The human papillomavirus is most widely known for causing cervical cancer in women. Jacob said thousands of male cancers could also be prevented.

“For boys, the main lowering risk is penal cancer, anal cancer and throat cancers,” said Jacob.

He said only a third of girls have gotten the three rounds of shots to be fully protected. Another reason vaccinating 11 to 12-year-old boys could help prevent the spread of the disease to female partners later in life.

Controversy surrounding the vaccine recently heated up the presidential race. Republican Gov. Rick Perry was criticized for mandating the shots in girls in Texas.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman said the shots were dangerous. Dr. Jacob said the vaccines are safe. Most side effects include sore arms, fevers and headaches.

Comments (4)
  1. norton says:

    Plain and simple BS. The vaccine has not been proven to prevent anything. Big pharmancy selling drugs is all this is.

    1. Sam says:

      Please do share your sources on this.

      The National Cancer Institute kindly put together this page
      At the end of which is a large number of sources, many of which include medical studies showing that the vaccine does indeed protect against exactly what you’re claiming it doesn’t.

    2. peetey says:

      I’ll take a doctor’s word over a politician when it comes to healthcare… Further, Dr. Jacobs is pretty conservative with medications and takes a more holistic approach. Yes he can be wrong just like anyone else, but his field of expertise is medicine. Isn’t Michelle Bachman a lawyer?

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