To Wipe Out HPV – Boys Must Be Vaccinated
April 25, 2013 (Ottawa) – School age boys must be vaccinated to ensure that the spread of HPV is stopped.
This week, Dr. Jennifer Blake, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada wrote to the Ministers of Health of every province and territory in Canada to urge them to follow Prince Edward Island’s lead and include boys in their school-based programs starting in fall 2013.
“Provincial and territorial governments across the country have all the evidence they need to proceed with a gender-neutral, school-based vaccination program, and to implement a catch-up program for all students up to 18 years of age,” said Dr. Blake. “We all agree that the primary public health goal of any immunization program should be to stop the spread of infection and ultimately disease, including HPV related cancers in both men and women. Vaccinating boys will protect them from HPV , and will enable HPV related disease to be stopped sooner.”
The SOGC says a gender neutral program will also help removes the sexual stigma which has impeded successful uptake of HPV vaccination.