Posted in CBC News
26 November 2010
New Brunswick is studying the possibility of expanding its HPV vaccine program to young boys, according to a Health Department official.
The Federation of Medical Women of Canada is urging provinces to expand the vaccine, which can protect against the human papilloma virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer, to young boys as well.
The vaccine, Gardasil, was approved earlier this year for boys and men ages nine through 26, the same age range as its approval in girls and women.
As of 2008, Grade 7 girls across New Brunswick have been vaccinated for free.
Dr. Paul Van Buynder, deputy chief medical officer of health, said there is support for the idea of vaccinating boys in the province.
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