Analyses | Medicine and healthcare | 2019-09-02 | Sing Tao

Should HPV vaccine be offered to boys?

Starting from this academic year, eligible female primary school students of suitable ages will be provided with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP) to prevent cervical cancer. In Britain, free HPV vaccination which is currently offered to girls aged 12 to 13 years will even be extended to cover boys of the same ages since this September. What are the considerations for such a policy change?

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