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Boys should be given HPV vaccine, says joint committee

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 18 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3163
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

The UK government is considering whether to extend the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme to boys after an expert committee found that it was cost effective.1

In a report released on 18 July the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said that deciding whether to recommend the HPV vaccine for boys was complex. It was only after considering the wider issues of health economics—including the benefits of preventing cancer many years into the future—that it found that including boys in …

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