UK: Teen boys should get HPV jab like girls – to protect against cancer

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'The deadly virus can be passed on through unprotected sex and is also linked to head, neck, cervical, penile and vaginal cancers.

Girls already receive the HPV vaccine on the NHS but health chiefs have previously claimed it was not cost effective in boys.

Doctors, dentists and cancer charities have been campaigning for the vaccination programme to be extended to all children.

They said denying boys the jab left them vulnerable if they were gay or had sex with a woman who had not been vaccinated.

Now the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested ministers adopt a “gender neutral” programme.'

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