Should boys get the HPV shot?

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The U.S Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends young boys get the controversial vaccine for Human Papillomavirus.

The panel says the vaccination can prevent the most common sexually transmitted disease, HPV.

Betty Dixon, with the Coastal Health district, says the vaccine can prevent head and neck cancers, such as throat cancers, as well.

Dixon also hopes the new recommendations will mean more children and young adults will get the shot.

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stated in a recent GOP debate that the vaccine can cause mental retardation, but Dixon says that is false and there have been plenty of studies to refute that claim.

The shot is recommended for children ages 9 and up.

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