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Vol. 12, No. 5-6, 2009
Issue release date: August 2009
Section title: Paper
Public Health Genomics 2009;12:362–367
(DOI:10.1159/000214926)

The Case for Vaccinating Boys against Human Papillomavirus

Hull S.C. · Caplan A.L.
Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., USA

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Abstract of Paper

Published online: 8/11/2009
Issue release date: August 2009

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG

Abstract

Vaccination policy in the case of human papillomavirus (HPV) has remained a constant source of controversy ever since Gardasil, Merck’s vaccine against HPV, received US Food and Drug Administration approval in the summer of 2006. This controversy has centered on the risks and benefits of vaccinating girls and women in rich and poor nations alike. However, despite all of the attention created by this important policy question, relatively little has been focused on another key public health question: should boys be vaccinated against HPV as well? If herd immunity against the most carcinogenic strains of HPV could be more rapidly and efficiently achieved by vaccinating everyone at risk for being a carrier, it logically follows that vaccine policy should expand to include boys and men.

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Author Contacts

Prof. Arthur Caplan
Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Center for Bioethics, 3401 Market Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19104 (USA)
Tel. +1 215 898 7136, E-Mail caplan@mail.med.upenn.edu

  

Article Information

Published online: August 11, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 6
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 36

  

Publication Details

Public Health Genomics

Vol. 12, No. 5-6, Year 2009 (Cover Date: August 2009)

Journal Editor: Knoppers B.M. (Montreal, Que.), Brand A. (Maastricht), Burke W. (Seattle, Wash.), Khoury M.J. (Atlanta, Ga.)
ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print), eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Published online: 8/11/2009
Issue release date: August 2009

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG


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