Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: JJ | 2011/04/13

Q.

Gardasil vaccine

I have two boys, ages 11 yrs and 13 yrs. My gynae has suggested that I should let them have the gardasil vaccine. Is this necessary?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This vaccination has recently been approved for use in boys to prevent genital warts. These warts are not all that common, but the virus causing them has been linked to cervical cancer in women. So besides preventing these warts, the vaccination will also have the benefit of protecting someone's daughter one day against cervical cancer. It is a very personal decision whether you want to have your sons to have this vacconation. It really is not absolutely necessary.

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